Condé Nast College of Fashion and Design’s BA (Hons) Fashion Communication graduate exhibition was a night of celebration, networking and fashion legends.
Last Thursday night the Soho campus was transformed into an exhibition entitled ‘Every cloud has a silver lining’, a celebration for both the 2020 and the 2021 cohorts who were showcasing their final projects. The event kick-started the official London Fashion Week calendar as the first event. The evening was attended by leading figures in the fashion community from longtime editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine and artistic director at Condé Nast Anna Wintour alongside new Editor-in-Chief of World of Interiors Hamish Bowles, to our very own Advisory Council members, Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council Caroline Rush, and esteemed fashion writer Sarah Mower.
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This provided an exciting opportunity for the students to present their final projects to those operating at the core of the industry. This allowed for feedback and the chance to network. BA (Hons) 2020 graduate Alice Morey explains how “it was a ‘pinch me’ moment to be able to pitch my proposal for Vogue Precedent, a year-long initiative promoting a positive conversation around survivors and their experience of sexual assault and violence; which combined the reach of British Vogue and the expertise of four rape crisis charities across England and Wales, to the Vogue editorial team. This was an incredibly special moment and definitely the high point of my degree experience, here at the college”.
The event started at four, where members of the press were welcomed into CNC, alongside VIPs. A drinks reception was laid on by our neighbours All Bar One, with delicious canapés setting the ambiance for the evening. From six the college doors were thrown wide open to the family and friends of students, who navigated around the individual exhibits.
Although the brief may have been the same for students, the results showcased a range of different projects from business plans such as Julia Jasper’s brand Camillu, from the 2020 cohort, that has since been launched successfully as an athleisure brand. 2021 graduate Vanessa Goldschmidt re-imagined the traditional print magazine. Instead of written articles, she used QR codes to link to multiple podcasts to listen along to as you view original imagery within the magazine. This contrasted with a display of creative talent using styling and multimedia approach to explore social themes and challenges ingrained in society, as shown by Lucy Anderson and her exploration of violence through a series of stylised fashion imagery.
The exhibition provided the opportunity to come together and celebrate two cohorts who had navigated the challenges of completing their academic studies within the restrictions of a pandemic. Stay tuned over the coming weeks to explore the projects of our most recent CNC graduates in more detail.