London Fashion Week Kicks Off With Call to Support Fashion Education

 

Central Saint Martin Fashion Show LFW AW 2013. Photo by Danielle Wren.
Central Saint Martin Fashion Show LFW AW 2013. Photo by Danielle Wren.

“All the greats of modern British fashion – McQueen, Galliano, Kane – have come from working-class families,” said Sarah Mower, the BFC’s education tsar and a visiting professor at Central St Martins. “That is the story of British fashion.” The current crop of successful home-grown names “came through at a time when fees didn’t exist, or were affordable,” she added.

Such is the level of concern that the BFC has made education the primary message of this LFW. “Our world-famous fashion colleges play a key role in what makes British fashion fantastic,” says chief executive Caroline Rush. “When you talk to [star designer] Jonathan Saunders, he is very frank and straightforward that he wouldn’t have been able to become a designer if he had been faced with the fees now being charged. We are really concerned that fees, and the cost of living in London where many colleges are based, will prevent the next generation of talented British students from non-privileged backgrounds from coming through.”

Read more here at the Guardian.

The top universities for fashion in the UK like the famous Central Saint Martin are notoriously difficult to enter and I heard they are USD $10,000 more expensive this year.