On Tuesday 24th October, Condé Nast College kicked off the academic year with a social event in the exclusive Groucho Club, Soho – an evening that also celebrated their new found partnership. BA (Hons) Fashion Communication & Industry Practice student, Jamie Fava reports…
Condé Nast College students, hailing from different courses, gathered in the heart of Soho at The Groucho Club, the legendary members-only media haven known for its exclusivity and allure.
About The Groucho Club
The Groucho Club emerged as a breath of fresh air in 1985. It was envisioned as a members club open to individuals of all genders, redefining the traditional concept of private establishments. The club’s name is an homage to an oft-misquoted line by Groucho Marx – a perfect reflection of its rebellious spirit – The line humorously declared: “I sent the club a wire stating, “Please accept my resignation. I don’t want to belong to any club that will accept people like me as a member.”
The Groucho Club served as a delightful antidote to the staid gentlemen’s clubs and politically-affiliated institutions that populated the neighbourhood. Over the years, the club has grown into a vibrant community of nearly five thousand members worldwide. They remain an enduring testament to the spirit of reinvention and progress, thriving within the historic and dynamic heart of Soho.
Condé Nast College Social Event
Held in the private rooms overlooking Dean Street, as you entered the room your eyes were immediately drawn to a captivating David Bowie photograph that seemed to set the vibe for the evening. The presence of such an iconic figure served as a reminder of the boundless creative energy that filled the room. Within the confines of this elegant space, a shared passion bound everyone together. The room was filled with like-minded individuals, all driven by their love for the worlds of fashion, media, and creativity.
“Everyone was super kind and welcoming and the social event encouraged everyone to open up. It was great to hear insight from more experienced CNC students on their advice, do’s and don’ts, and just their vision for where they’d like to go.”
As conversations flowed, the clinking of glasses and laughter filled the air. The atmosphere, as described by Vogue Fashion Foundation Programme student Tom Clark, encouraged everyone to connect. “Everyone was super kind and welcoming and the social event encouraged everyone to open up. It was great to hear insight from more experienced CNC students on their advice, do’s and don’ts, and just their vision for where they’d like to go.” The room became a melting pot of ideas and inspiration, where students exchanged stories, shared their latest projects, and talked about their post-college aspirations. MA Creative Direction for Fashion Media student Tamila Suleymanova was excited about the evening: “It was a very cool opportunity to experience one of the most famous private members clubs, meet new people, and socialise with the ones you can’t talk to because of different schedules.”
Words by Jamie Fava, BA (Hons) Fashion Communication & Industry Practice student
Photos by Piers Allardyce