The future just got brighter for young fashionistas in the UK.
A new intensive course for stylists has arrived at London College of Style with the most amazing opportunities for young creatives to learn, not only how to grasp the concept of a stylist, but actually get involved with some of the industries best and get experience of all areas from the off.
I went along for the meet and greet breakfast on the opening day to talk to the students about ‘customizing in styling’, as well as signing ‘DIY Fashion’ books for all the students. I was amazed at the opportunities that the college was offering.
This 12 week course had the students up and running on their first day with my challenge for them to customize a plain white T- shirts, but first, they had an array of hardcore people in the ‘know’ to advise on how to succeed as a stylist. These included Grace Banks from V style, Costume designer Gary Page, Television Director Matt Young, Saskia Osmond-Evans, PR Director of all online Arcadia brands and Zoe Cosby who is PR Director of Oliver Goldsmiths, but is also born into the heritage company Kent Brushes, and she really knows her stuff. But that is not all. The very savvy Wendy Elsmore, founder of London College of Style, a fantastic, personable teacher is on hand at all times for advice, encouragement and endless knowledge of all areas of the fashion industry. Her profile is massive, working in television and with all the big fashion magazines. Jason Smith, celebrity hairdresser was fabulous with tips and tricks of the trade and made everyone feel relaxed and at ease with his gentle, inspiration, without an ounce of pretentiousness.
After lunch the big surprise was announced. The students met with Kim Draper the GM at Denim Gods ‘Donna Ida’ to discuss creating displays for all their shop windows, with the winning team getting publicity and their first taste of notoriety. WOW, how many courses can offer this? I was jealous, I have to admit.
The course also includes shoots, day trips and loads of amazing chances to get out there and learn from the ground up. Get inspired and have a look at the fabulous t-shirts these guys produced for their first class. There really are head turners. Watch out for theses guys in the next 12 months. I am predicting big things.
Check out courses at http://www.londoncollegeofstyle.com/