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Top Fashion Schools in London

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London is one of the best cities to study fashion.

Whether you’re looking to hit it big in the fashion industry, or you’re simply wanting a ‘way in’, this list of our top fashion schools in London will help you find a little clarity.

1. London College of Fashion – The Business

The London College of Fashion has it all. It’s well known to be one of the world’s leading fashion institutions. Here, their students are challenged to think laterally and to let political and social issues influence their design work. So naturally, this prestigious university has built up some pretty impressive relationships over the years within the fashion, design and lifestyle industries.

It’s this heritage and prowess that supports their “Fashion the Future” ethos, which continues to attract the future stars of the industry. So for anyone lucky enough to get a place here at London College of Fashion – well done and good luck!

2. Central Saint Martins, London – Meet Your Maker

We can’t talk about top fashion schools in London without mentioning Central Saint Martins. CSM is quite possibly the most renowned art institution in the UK, if not Europe. Their students and lecturers are best known for their creative energy and willingness to experiment, innovate and take risks. These are the people pushing and growing the creative world as we know it.

Saint Martins has developed strong industry ties over the years and has acted as the springboard for many designers who have defined modern fashion and art. Their famous alumni include top fashion designers like Stella McCartney and the late Alexander McQueen.

3. University of East London – Everything You Need

The University of East London is all about challenging you to be your very best, to be self-critical, creative and original. Here, everything is engineered in a way that develops you, and the hands-on approach allows you to learn by doing, not just talking. So you will leave as a dynamic and competent designer with usable knowledge and a commercially astute mind. In short, UEL will provide you with everything that you need for a successful career in the modern design world.

4. Kensington and Chelsea College – Where it all Starts

Your design and fashion career has to start somewhere, and this could be just the place. Whether you need a short design course to hone your skills for a specific project or you’re looking for a stepping stone to higher education, KCC has something to suit everyone. Their courses are taught by fashion professionals, and the college’s fashion department offers a wide range of exciting courses. Not to mention strong links to the fashion industry and renowed universities. Your interview will be personal and your application is judged on a personal basis.

This article was provided by Ben, a London fashion blogger at Miinto, where you can find fashion inspiration and clothing.

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International Student Makes Environmental Statement Through Fashion

Radka Blazickova, originally from Prague, is a 22-year-old Textiles for Fashion graduate from the University of Northampton.

For her debut catwalk collection for Graduate Fashion Week 2019, Radka used an uncommon material to create her pieces.

Blazickova used 3000 single-use plastic bottles to create her collection, which includes coats, a jacket, a gilet, a waistcoat and bags.

She used the bottle tops, labels, and even shredded up the actual bottles in order to create her waste-inspired looks.

Radka – right- with one of her designs

We interviewed Radka about her time as an International Student, as well as her collection.

Why did you choose to study in the UK?

Because there are so many choices of study courses. I was always interested in fashion but there is not a lot of opportunities in the Czech Republic to study fashion. After I finished my A-levels I was deciding on what I can study and when I saw a chance to study fashion UK I was decided. Even I knew (almost) nothing, I was that passionate and I said to myself that I can do it. So I went to the UK, started the university and it was hard, because firstly I didn’t understand much and secondly I’ve never used sewing machines etc, but I spent all my evening in there to be able to catch up. After my first year, I was more or less on the same level as my classmates and I was used to working harder than others, so I continued doing that in the next years and I think that’s the reason of my success.

Why did you choose to make plastic single-use bottles the focus of your fashion line?

I was enjoyed working with leather in the past years, I enjoyed handmaking anything so I knew that in my final collection I’ll definitely use these skills (as my collection is 100% handmade). I love nature and I enjoy water sports, so you can imagine how much rubbish and plastic objects I’ve been seeing around. When it came to the decision on the topic I wanted to reuse at least some of this trash. I’ve been trying different techniques and different objects to create my own textiles, and I ended up using plastic bottles as they work perfectly and it is effective as well. I’ve been collecting bottles on the streets, collaborating with my friends, university members, and restaurants in Northampton to collect bottles. I’ve used 3000 bottles in total which shocked not just me but everyone around and I was happy when my friends told me they were surprised about the number of bottles.

 What do you think of high street fashion?

I think it’s great to have something like that because it is affecting so many people because everyone is looking at the trends. So imagine if it was all sustainable: everyone would be looking to sustainable fashion as it would be in trend. The bigger issue is brands like Primark, New Look etc because people are using clothing from these brands sometimes just once and also the materials what they are using are making so much pollution to the environment during production.

How can we make our fashion more sustainable?

Firstly we don’t need as many clothes as we think. There are so many ways to reuse fabrics or repair old clothes. When buying we should look at the materials and it’s good to have some knowledge about fabric making in a pollution way. Charity shops are great as well or just simply think about the product, ‘do I rather get something cheap which would stand for a small amount of time or do I get staple good quality product which would stand forever?’ Also while washing of these cheap products we pollute our environment by emitting harmful substances into the water.

What advice do you have for other international students chasing their dreams?

Definitely, you can do much more than you think if you want! Don’t be afraid to go beyond the borders of your mind. If you have a passion for anything in the world go for it. Even if you’d have to do a job you don’t like just to be able to get money for something you have been dreaming about for a long time. It makes you feel confident, and you’ll be proud of yourself.