The Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design has named its first principal: former Easy Living editor Susie Forbes.
“Condé Nast is perfectly placed to enter the world of education,” Condé Nast UK managing director Nicholas Coleridge said this morning. “The reputation and authority of our brands puts us in a strong position to teach and inspire the fashion and decorating talent of the future. We look forward to becoming the go-to academy for students from Britain and further afield. We are particularly fortunate that Susie Forbes has agreed to become the first principal of the College. I would also like to thank her for her excellent work in launching and editing our magazine Easy Living over the past seven years.”
Forbes will be replaced at Easy Living by former Brides editor Deborah Joseph, who in turn will be succeeded by Brides acting editor Jade Beer.
“I am incredibly excited about becoming editor of Easy Living,” said Joseph. “I’ve loved the magazine since its launch, and am looking forward to working with the team to make it even more glamorous and must-read – the number one magazine for stylish grown-up women.”
The college will open in September 2012, to coincide with the new academic year. The respective curriculums will cover the history of each discipline – offering students a year-long Vogue fashion foundation course, as well as 10-week intensive fashion courses; plus modules on the fashion year; print and digital journalism; luxury brand marketing; and business-related skills. House & Garden is introducing decoration courses, as well as various MA-level options. Condé Nast is currently in the advanced stages of acquiring premises.
“With access to some of the sharpest and most creative minds shaping the fashion, design and interiors industries today, we aim to educate students to the highest level,” said Susie Forbes, principal of The Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design. “It makes perfect sense for Condé Nast to open its College doors in London, the fashion capital of the world.”