Of course I cannot complain, but this is the time of year I know every teacher dreads – the holidays are coming to an end and the reality of actually going out to work every day is drawing near. But this summer was a little different for me – I actually paid to go to school!
For one week only this summer I went back to college. Apart from pressing ‘Publish’ on my first ever blog post, this was my biggest challenge to date. My tagline style that works for you was the inspiration for this one. I love styling others, I love to see how looks are created for photo shoots – to see the results in a magazine, on television or stage, but actually my favourite type of styling is personal styling. I love to work out someone else’s personal style, to find that confidence in what you are wearing, to challenge what you wear and mix it up a little!
After a lot of research I kept coming back to Fashion Styling for Beginners at University of the Arts, Central St Martins in London. The synopsis of the course outlined a variety of learning opportunities involving all aspects of styling, with assignments including revamping a tired wardrobe, producing a fashion shoot and creating a trend for A/W 2013.
Bags packed, flight boarded, London here I come!! On discovering the University, I was already inspired. Not far from Kings Cross station lay a modern, minimalist building. Across the front was a silver streak, to the side was a roller skate park, and just ahead by Regents Canal lay artificial grass steps. Deck chairs surrounded the jumping water fountains, while a mix of people relaxed or dandered by to the local restaurants situated outside the building. Excitement was definitely building!
Students flocked in from Italy, Spain, India and Brazil to name but a few! Following a quick rundown of what lay ahead, day one of the course included a trip to the Tate Modern. Armed with my Oyster Card, Citymapper App on my phone, my camera and a few other students, off we went to look for inspiration. Before this trip I found the word ‘inspiration’ a real challenge, however I soon realised, it’s just pinning down the things you love and giving them a title. My main inspiration was of no surprise to me – lines, texture and colour pop. Simple but striking.
Our second individual project involved creating a trend. It was interesting to me to consider where a trend comes from and how designers seem to have similar thoughts to one another each season. Considering music to politics, world events to changing seasons, trends come from the most unlikely but most obvious of sources. My ‘new’ trend was contrast – named ‘Pretty Punk’ wherein the pretty pinks and florals met the edgy fabrics and colours of leather and studs.
Our final project was a group assignment. For this we had to style a wardrobe around a theme of our choice. We had to book a model, consider the location for the shoot and co-ordinate clothes to suit the theme. Our chosen theme was going from vulnerability to freedom, expressed through the model, the location and of course the styling of hair, make-up and clothes. The challenge lay in not only working with a group and then a team, but also working within time constraints and the anticipation that our ideas would come together to demonstrate the theme!
This week gave me a number of learning opportunities and things to consider. I learned as much from the course as I did from the other students and the city of London. I have already been looking into more courses to continue on this path of learning and into creating my own portfolio of work. This challenge is only just in its beginning stages, I’m glad I took the first step!