Marking Condé Nast College’s 10th Birthday & Exhibition of Masterful Work
Sitting firmly on the London Fashion Week Schedule, alongside Vogue World, Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design hosted a three-day event marking our 10 year anniversary as well as the Condé Nast College Masters Exhibition at the institution’s elegant new Bedford Square home in London. Esteemed members of the fashion industry were welcomed through our doors to celebrate the 10 year anniversary and take in the exciting projects of our Masters class of 2023.
|Ana Garcia-Siñeriz, Condé Nast College Director, Roger Lynch CEO of Condé Nast, with wife Cathleen Lynch, Johannes Reponen, Condé Nast Academic Director at the MA Graduate Exhibition 2023 final projects of Master’s students.|
Roger Lynch, Condé Nast CEO, Agnes Chu, Condé Nast Entertainment President, Michael Chung, BrandEd CEO, and Ana García-Siñeriz, Condé Nast College Director, as well as young designers alumnae, artists, and a smart fashion crowd, attended the students’ exhibition, led by the Global Academic Director, Johannes Reponen.
MA Exhibition Guests
Ruth Butah, academic and one of the Exhibiting Students Lola
The new graduates were joined by a number of former students who, over the last decade, have launched careers at some of the biggest brands in the world such as British Vogue, Condé Nast Johansens, British GQ, etc. Since Condé Nast College first opened its doors ten years ago, many alumni now hold important roles in the industry. There were also celebrated international artists in other disciplines linked to fashion and art
The talent spotters were out in force and Pax Nakeza Chiribagula, who’s just completed her course in Entrepreneurship: Fashion and Creative Industries, landed the opportunity of a lifetime for her new clothing range. Up-and-coming music artist, Cherise, who’s sung with Gregory Porter and toured with Jamie Cullum, was so taken with her work that she asked if she could wear one of the pieces on stage.
Cherise said, “I just ran into Pax and saw how her work is a really wonderful expression of her Congolese heritage. I came tonight because I wanted to share in celebrating what these young artists have achieved. Going in there just seeing so much potential and creativity it’s really beautiful.”
|Kaitlyn Pressman, Grandma Collective & Lola, Idol Project||Neha Anand, Looroo – Bridging Creativity, Blending Cultures||Lola Akinrele, Idol Project with friends|
There were a host of outstanding projects including that produced by Kaitlyn Pressman, who completed her MA in Luxury Brand Strategy and Business with a hugely engaging and moving video project, Grandma Collective.
East End grandmothers went through their wardrobes with their granddaughters, telling the stories of the memories each piece evoked.
Tim Yip, who won an Oscar for Best Art Direction for the blockbuster movie, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Art Direction, said he loved seeing the work of emerging creatives. He said, “They’re all working with their ideas ready to go into corporate life. They have ideas, they’re just beginners and it’s exciting to see them setting out on their careers. I would love to see more of what they do. The College helps them to connect with the outside world, with international content; there are many people from different backgrounds and it’s really nice with all their different cultures bringing everyone together.”
Condé Nast College is part of the BrandEd stable of specialist education institutions, including The School of The New York Times, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, and City Football Leadership Institute (in partnership with City Football Group which owns Manchester City Football Club). BrandEd CEO, Michael Chung, said, “You see students focus on how they’re going to contribute to the fashion industry. Here they marry that creative process and real rigour and hard work into their projects in ways that can apply to the real world and to future employment. It is always exciting for me to come here, meet the students, and see how incredible their projects are.”
Ana García-Siñeriz, the Condé Nast College director for the schools in London and Madrid, added, “I have always been surprised by the high quality. The students are remarkable, I think they’re very talented when they come to the College, but when they leave they are talented and skilled. They show professional standards in their work and are ready to contribute to any brand in the luxury fashion sector.”