Bachelors and Masters’ graduates at Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design in London have been revealing their visions for the industry in a spectacular exhibition.
Guests from all parts of the sector from designers and manufacturers to stylists and journalists came to see what the students had created and were certainly not disappointed by the quality of what they saw. Guests included Richard Dennen, the Editor of Tatler, Adam Baidawi, the Editor of GQ,, Donna Wallace, Fashion and Accessories Editor at British Vogue, and senior leaders from Matches, Burberry, and other leading brands who attended the event.
Donna Wallace, said, “There are some really strong levels of creativity; some really well developed and thorough ideas and concepts, and some that you can see making really viable businesses in their own right, or being utilised by big brands in the future.”
The event had been in doubt because of the death of Her Majesty the Queen but the tough decision was taken that it should go ahead. College CEO, Nick Isles, said, “Our students and their families have been planning to be here for the exhibition for months. They come from all corners of the globe and we felt we couldn’t let them down. We also didn’t want the occasion to pass without recognition, so students and staff were all encouraged to dress in black and we held a minute’s silence during the event – something which all concerned found touching and appropriate. Her Majesty was well known for her own unique fashion sense and her support for the industry, for young people, and for innovation was such that we decided it would be fitting to go ahead as planned.”
The students themselves were delighted with the opportunity to show what they are capable of to such knowledgeable guests.
For her Master’s in Fashion Media Strategy, student, Alex Carolina Chacon Herrera, produced a print and online publication for the Panamanian fashion market called, Revista Niche. She said, “I wanted to make a project that was relevant to Panama, that was dedicated to my country, and to identify what was missing back home. I wanted to showcase what I had learned in London that I could bring back home that would be of use. I want to take Revista Niche back home and launch it to be up and running by 2023. I’ve had great tutors here, people who understand my obsession with fashion media. I’ve always wanted to be an editor and thanks to my Fashion Media Strategy course I’ve learned a lot about myself and to question the right things. It’s pushed me in the right direction; that’s what Condé Nast has done for me.”
Courses at Condé Nast College are all geared towards equipping students for work in the sector and are renowned for the quality and seniority of the regular industry speakers willing to give their time. Faculty staff are all up-to-date industry practitioners as well as academically excellent, and the networking opportunities the College offers are second-to-none.