Studying Fashion in the UK
Be it the 'Loud and Proud' street style or 'the tailored look' of evening wear, fashion has always been inherent to British culture. And no wonder! It`s one of the world fashion centres, and home to Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, Stella McCartney, Vivienne Westwood, Julien Macdonald and many others.
Britain inspires designers. It might be the nature of Britain, its historic heritage, or the cultural life or a combination of these factors. It is, indeed, one of the best places to study Fashion and start a career in the industry. Britain has some of the world`s most renown fashion schools, among them Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London College of Fashion, University of Westminster, Royal College of Art, University of Brighton and Kingston University.
The fashion industry is estimated to be worth around £21bn per year to the national economy. In addition to the design and production sides of fashion industry, there is also fashion marketing/merchandising, media and promotions. But what makes Britain really unique is the fact that the UK has always been the place where young designers were discovered and encouraged to grow (and not just designers either – Kate Moss was discovered while shopping with her grandma!). But don't worry if you're not currently in the UK; many aspiring fashionistas flock to the country to study, at which point they are discovered.
In 2003 The Fashion Fringe Road Show launched in UK, with the following aim, according to founder Collin McDowell : 'In recognising that not all our fashion-industry professionals and students can be based in London, we hope that our tour of the country will help to further connect the UK regions with the London fashion scene.'
Last year's winners of the show, Fyodor Podgorny from Latvia and Golan Frydman from Israel, are among the hot new names in the fashion industry. Both have been highly praised by Roland Mouret and Claudia Schiffer. The pair presented their first collection at the recent London Fashion week.
By simply walking round the Bank area in London or using the Underground, you’ll be spinning around trying to catch the eccentric, eye-opening mix of styles. So consider how your environment can act as inspiration for what you’re working on, especially in practical fields like fashion.
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