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Tailored for you: "Archetype" opens tomorrow 【GQ】

If you've been enjoying our behind the scenes updates from Savile Row on Instagram, then you're not going to want to miss this new exhibition. Tomorrow sees the opening of Archetype - The Art of Deconstructing Bespoke, a new show sewn together by the students of London College of Fashion's Fashion Curation MA. Aimed at demystifying the tailoring that has happened for centuries below street level on Savile Row, the exhibit showcases finished designs from the private collections of famous suit makers including Henry Poole, Tommy Nutter and Hardy Amies, as well as photographs the cutting process in progress. It's only running for nine days, so cut a dash down to Carnaby Street before it's too late.

Archetype - The Art of Deconstructing Bespoke opens tomorrow and runs until 6 April. Kingly Court, Carnaby Street, London W1.


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Type Tasting, Type Safaris and 'tactile exploration' 【design week】

‘We use type to navigate our lives and it can reveal so much, from the history of a city to the shopping choices we make’, says Sarah Hyndman, graphic designer and founder of Type Tasting.

Catherine Hennessy’s work from the sound workshop

‘As Ellen Lupton says so perfectly “Typography is what language looks like.”’


Scott Scanlan, from the sound workshop

Type-fanatic Hyndman is creative director of design consultancy With Relish, and also taught Experimental Typography at the London College of Communication.


Jill Murphy’s work from the sound workshop

Now, her love for lettering has led her to start a series of typography-based workshops open to creatives and novices alike, who are invited to step away from their screens, get their hands dirty and explore the create possibilities of type.


Busy at the sound workshop

‘I find that tactile exploration, trial and error, and playing with materials allow us to think creatively and develop an idea, rather than taking a short cut to a slick and polished result’, says Hyndman. ‘Often it’s the happy accidents that lead to the most interesting outcomes.’

Previous workshops have included a Valentine’s Day Typographic Swearing & Cussing event, allowing people to indulge in the rudest recesses of the English language, forming some ludicrous, filthy and hilarious phrases – all in the name of typographic experimentation. These were then executed in lettering of their choice – whether traced from existing typography, stenciled or created free-style.


A piece of work created on the Valentine’s Day typographic swearing workshop

Hyndman also braved working with 50 Year Six children at east London Victorian music hall Hoxton Hall, and most recently ran the Type and Sound workshop, which asked participants respond to different sounds and spoken phrases.


Lydia Rose Cockburn-Smith, from the sound workshop

The next open event will be the Islington Type Safari next month, an evening jaunt around the north London area photographing type on signage and shop fronts to inspire participants to create a new phrase or saying. It’s not all hard work though – the session ends in a pub – the site of many a flash of inspiration.


Inspiration in Islington signage, from the Type Safari

For more information on Type Tasting workshops visit


Desirable by Jo Sharff, from the Islington Type Safari


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Fashion renews its love affair with the royal family 【The Guardian】

The Duchess of Cambridge leads the advance as the Countess of Wessex becomes patron of the London College of Fashion


The Countess of Wessex has recently been appointed the first patron of the London College of Fashion. No word as yet on a resurgence of disruptive pattern material. Photograph: Indigo/Getty Images

Giant puff sleeves, frosted blue eyeliner and octopus hats … the royal family haven't exactly been known for their style prowess in the past. However, with the Duchess of Cambridge now leading by example, the royal family are very much back in fashion.

This week it was announced that the Countess of Wessex was to be the first ever patron of the London College of Fashion . The Countess' work will focus on sustainability. "I was impressed by her innate sense of style," says the college's pro-vice chancellor, professor Frances Corner. "She's a very thoughtful person – one that will help us demonstrate that fashion is about more than frocks."

This follows the announcement that Buckingham Palace will be the unlikely site of a fashion show this July. As part of the Coronation Festival, to celebrate 60 years of the Queen's reign, brands with royal warrants will showcase their wares. Hunter Boot Ltd, jewellers Garrard & Co, and Savile Row tailors Gieves & Hawkes are some of the names that will be taking part.

The royals' current moment in vogue follows a revival in popularity – helped by the Jubilee celebrations last summer, and the Queen's participation in Danny Boyle's opening ceremony for the Olympics . Corner describes the reaction to the Countess' appointment as "hugely positive. I think in a world saturated with celebrities like Victoria Beckham or Rihanna, people appreciate someone who represents something lasting."

Prince Charles has even had some love from the fashion world after he wore his make-do-and-mend coat on the BBC's Countryfile two weeks ago. Deep Kailey, fashion director at Tatler, described the prince as "always stylish", and menswear designer Patrick Thornton also praised him on Twitter.

According to Kailey, though, all of this still pales in comparison to the influence of the Duchess of Cambridge. "She wears British designers, and images of her in those clothes go all around the world," she says. "That's more powerful than anything because it's a choice." The Duchess wearing a design has been known to crash retailers' websites, and her popularity shows no sign of waning. With her conservative but pretty style, she has resonated with, as Kailey says, "normal girls. She's not fashion crazy, but she makes all the right noises." Recently, the Duchess – who is now five months pregnant – has impressed with her understated maternity chic. The rose-pink funnel-necked Joseph coat she wore to the races at Cheltenham was a hit with the style press , and though the teal Malene Birger coat worn to Thursday's event celebrating the 150th anniversary of the tube might have been seasons old, it saw "demand increase" for similar designs from the brand.

Diana, Princess of Wales' style in the eighties and nineties is perhaps the last time fashion and royalty were so close. Interest in her remains high. An auction last week of 10 dresses made just over £860,000 at Kerry Taylor Auctions in London. "The dresses sold for the upper end of the estimate," says company director, Kerry Taylor. "£240,000 [paid for the gown Diana wore to dance with John Travolta] is a world record for a Diana dress. We are very proud of that."


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Winner: Simone Rocha, recipient of the first ELLE/Cointreau Bursary【ELLEUK.COM】

She will receive a fund of £100,000


You will have read in ELLE’s April issue (on sale now), that Simone Rocha was chosen to receive the ELLE/Cointreau Bursary, a fund of £100,000. The prize was launched to help fledgling London designers grow their labels from cult fashion favourites to serious international businesses.

ELLE editor in chief, Lorraine Candy, says: ‘This is a groundbreaking award that will help Simone to expand her business and meet the ever-growing demands of her fans. ELLE has a proud history of championing young talent and now we can help them grow financially too.’

As part of the ELLE/Cointreau Bursary, the designer will serve as creative director for Cointreau. She will also be blogging exclusively for ELLE, giving us an insight into what really goes on behind-the-scenes at her label as she prepares her spring / summer 2014 collection. In the meantime, here are 10 things you need to know about Simone Rocha.

1. Fashion is in her genes. Her dad is London Fashion Week veteran John Rocha who always sits front row at her shows with mum Odette, and brother Max who puts together the soundtracks.

2. She graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2010 and was immediately spotted by Lulu Kennedy who invited her to show at London Fashion Week as part of Fashion East in the same year.

3. Simone’s pieces are sold in some of the most influential boutiques in the world, including London’s Dover Street Market, Milan’s 10 Corso Como and Paris’ Colette.

4. ELLE was the first magazine to put Simone Rocha on the cover - remember the incredible green organza dress that Lady Gaga wore for the January 2011 issue?

5. Her celebrity following includes Alexa Chung, Chloe Moretz and Rihanna.

6. Simone won the New Designer Award at this year’s ELLE Style Awards, presented by Arizona Muse, and she collected it dressed head-to-toe in her spring/summer 2013 collection.

7. One of her ‘inspiration’ books is ‘Pony Kids’ by Perry Ogden.

8. She was born in Dublin in 1986 – and she retains her brilliantly rich Irish accent.

9. Her autumn/winter 2013 collection is entitled ‘Respect Your Elders’ and was inspired by her late Irish grandmother, Margaret Gleeson, and her Chinese grandmother, Cecilia Rocha.

10. Her design heroes are Rei Kawakubo, Yohji Yamamoto, Martin Margiela, Raf Simons and John Rocha.

Find out more about the ELLE/Cointreau Bursary and read Simone’s blogs

See the Simone Rocha autumn/winter 2013 collection.

See Lady Gaga wearing Simone Rocha on the cover of the January 2011 issue of ELLE.

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John Galliano Not Taking Up CSM Teaching Post 【VOGUE UK】


JOHN GALLIANO will not be taking up a teaching post at Central Saint Martins, we can confirm. This comes despite reports to the contrary, which were further ignited when he paid a visit to the school earlier today.

The designer stopped by to comment on the work of selected second year BA Fashion students - who had been working on a themed project previously set by Galliano. A spokesperson for CSM confirmed that he does not currently have a teaching post at the school, nor does he have plans to assume one in the future.

"For several years second year students from Womenswear at BA Fashion CSM have been set a project on a theme set by John Galliano," they told us. "This year the theme was the paintings of Edward Hopper. John Galliano came in to comment on the designs of 12 selected students who had earlier presented the strongest work. John Galliano does not have a teaching post at Central Saint Martins."

Reports were first sparked that the designer was interested in taking up teaching at the art and design college back in February. Oscar de la Renta - who had welcomed Galliano in to his studio for a temporary residency - told the New York Times that: "John's not backstage - he is going to London tomorrow to talk to Saint Martins school about teaching there."

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Why study at University of the Arts London? 【The Guardian】

What do Stella McCartney, Yinka Shonibare, Paloma Faith, Ralph Fiennes and Neville Brody have in common? Their careers all launched at UAL

University of the Arts London is the world's leading specialist creative university, and host to the largest postgraduate arts and design community in Europe. At UAL, 2,745 postgraduate and research students study on an unrivalled range of courses across a wide number of disciplines: fashion and textiles; fine art; interior, spatial and product design; performance arts; media, graphics and communication. The university's six colleges are:

Camberwell College of Arts
Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design
Chelsea College of Art and Design
London College of Communication
London College of Fashion
Wimbledon College of Art

Some of the most renowned names in the arts and creative industries have graduated from UAL, including, among many others:

• Fashion designers Alexander McQueen, Christopher Kane, Jimmy Choo and Stella McCartney

• Musicians: Jeff Beck, Jarvis Cocker, Glen Matlock, Paloma Faith, Sade, M.I.A. and Florence Welch

• Artists: Peter Blake, Lucian Freud, Gilbert and George, Antony Gormley, Chris Ofili, Anish Kapoor, Yinka Shonibare and Gavin Turk

• Actors: Colin Firth, Ralph Fiennes, Tara Fitzgerald, Pierce Brosnan, Alan Rickman and Paul Bettany

• Film directors: Stephen Frears, Mike Leigh, Isaac Julien and Joe Wright

• Journalists and writers: Jefferson Hack, Dylan Jones, Helen Boaden, Adrian Searle, Alexei Sayle and Claudia Roden

• Photographers: Rankin, Tom Hunter and Platon

• Designers: Neville Brody, Jonathan Barnbrook, Terence Conran, Sebastian Conran, and Tom Dixon

UAL alumni represent:

Access to the creative industries

The university is unique in its links with industry and study at UAL involves 'live' projects with partner organisations such as Nike, Sony, WPP and L'Oréal Professionnel. Other partnerships include the Press Association, The Body Shop, Swarovski and LVMH.

The university's Student Enterprise and Employability Service provides a specialist arts support network for current and recent graduates, including business start-up advice, grants, workshops, networking opportunities and a work-placement website.

Leading tuition, facilities and research

UAL tutors are well-known experts, currently practising in their specialist fields. Each of UAL's six colleges offers a programme of extra lectures, gallery events, screenings and guest speakers (recent guests include graphic designer Michael Wolff; fashion designer Ben de Lisi, design innovator Tom Hulme and Grace Coddington, creative director of American Vogue).

Modern, workplace-style facilities include studios, workshops, media suites, galleries, catwalk venues and theatre spaces.

The university has established a world-class, sustainable research culture. UAL Research Online is the first research repository dedicated to art, design, fashion, communication and performance. The Archives and Special Collections Centre has received over 5,000 visitors since it opened five years ago and its largest archive is that of the late film-maker Stanley Kubrick.

High profile, research projects include:

• Catalytic Clothing. Harnessing the pollution-busting properties of titanium to create clothes that clean the air.
• Threat Mapping. A web application that tracks species at risk on a live, global map.
• Design Against Crime. Using the processes and products of design to reduce crime and promote community safety.

Scholarship and study options

UAL offers scholarships towards the cost of fees on many courses, including the university's own full-fee Vice-Chancellor's Scholarships. Other scholarships, bursary and funding opportunities are also available. Many postgraduate courses offer 45- to 60-week study options to allow students to complete their studies either in one intensive calendar year, or over two academic years, while working part-time.

A global experience in the heart of London

Students in the capital benefit from a thriving arts scene and creative industries in a vibrant and diverse city. Over 40% of UAL students come from outside the UK, and represent over 100 countries. The UAL Alumni Association helps over 200,000 graduates network across the world.

For course descriptions by college, level and subject, and for the application process, videos and online galleries across the university, visit the UAL website. Scholarship information is also available online.

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