Remember that you are with unique
visions to tell - listen to that and allow that to inform your time. And yet
times are full of noise and so unless you free-fall a little in ways that you
are able to, this gets clouded fast. There
is also a sharp reality about the economics of our time that makes our
expectations and demands for a speed and conclusion and arrival too fast…
But this is your place, your time and
this is what you must respond to, to enable growth of the new, as you can be this new liquid society
that runs through the fingers of the big players.. mercurial and magical……
A fearless approach to creative expression, fanatical technique and an informed professionalism is what we look for and encourage on this programme. The focus is towards strengthening this spirit of exploration through unique expertise and a polymathic debate with modern global awareness. We further encourage a strong work ethic across a broad variety of personally driven, industry-oriented and cross-programme design projects.
The realisation of individuality within a global design context is enabled through our excellent links with practising designers, international fashion houses, cross-programme relations and a dedicated staff team.
New ideas, materials, methods and design applications are continually originated and progressed by our MA, MPhil and PhD students. Fashion Menswear staff endeavour to create a course environment directed towards this creative self-discovery, one that offers each student both the conceptual tutelage and technical guidance to achieve their 3D design objectives.
Fashion Menswear offers:
- a programme geared towards creating ‘specialists in their field’: designer/makers who drive their discipline forward through strong personal vision and a passionate commitment to technique
- one on one tutorials developing vibrant intellectual debate about the work and ambition
- a curriculum designed to develop self confidence by balancing creative expression, technical excellence, communication and professionalism
- excellent technical facilities not only fashion specific but across other fields both technically and traditionally
- vibrant and dedicated studio space and workshops
- a constantly evolving range of Visiting Lecturers from all facets of the fashion industry, virtual spaces, bio-design, philosophy , games design, drawing : key players at the vanguard of their disciplines
- active encouragement and facilitation of college-wide interdisciplinary investigation
- Project collaborations with international corporations, companies and fashion houses including: Adidas, IFF, Lesage, The Science Museum, Missoni, 100%Optical Eyewear, Swarovksi, and Sophie Hallette
- Opportunities for representation in major exhibitions and competitions including: ASVOFF, Burberry, Levis, Swarovski, IFF, ITS (Trieste), Hyeres, H&M, Cunard, NJAL and CFDA.
- We maintain excellent graduate destinations including: Adidas, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Burberry, Celine, Gucci, Givenchy, Lanvin, Loewe, Louis Vuitton, Nike, and Rapha.
- Successful alumni with own collections include Charlie Allen, Astrid Andersen, Neil Barrett, Sid Bryant (Sibling), Katie Eary, Mason Jung, James Long, Matthew Miller, Alex Mullins and Aitor Throup.
I did my Fashion BA in Manchester. I’d done a year of Fine Art first, which was great but it wasn’t the road I wanted to go down. Towards the end, I had so many unanswered questions and things that I wanted to be able to do; I realised that my education was nowhere near complete. Halfway through my final year, I applied to the Royal College of Art. In some ways, it would have been good to have a break and save some money, but at the same time, I wouldn’t change the way I did it. It was intense, steamrollering on, but it was good to maintain that creative flow.
My BA was at London College of Fashion in Womenswear. While I was there I made quite conceptual designs. Although the course was quite commercial, the tutors just let me get on with it! After I graduated, I worked for Christopher Raeburn, a graduate of the Royal College of Art. He was actually the first person I met who had gone here. It was while I was working with Christopher that I started to think more about the Menswear programme.
Before I started the MA in Fashion Menswear at the Royal College of Art, I studied womenswear at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. My first job after leaving the Institute happened to be in menswear, and since then I’ve been working as a designer with fashion houses including Ralph Lauren, Burberry and Tommy Hilfiger. My longest position to date has been with Gieves and Hawkes – I was with them for three years.
It was when I started to focus on Menswear, during my BA in Fashion Design at Edinburgh College of Art, that I realised I’d found the thing I wanted to pursue as a career. I applied for the Menswear programme at the Royal College of Art because it seemed so unique, both in the quality of teaching and for the amount of attention it gives to students.
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