What is menswear? An essential question in a confused industry

One can suppose menswear means men’s clothing. The history of fashion all over the world shows a clear differentiation between what men wear and...

CSM BA Fashion students’ take on Deconstruction

How does one fully understand a garment? Some may search for a ‘soul’ in it, taking apart the seams of a stained jacket found...

Issue 3 — First Step: The CSM BA Fashion graduates of...

London Fashion Week’s schedule may be ‘murderous’ because of its amount of shows, presentations, and events, but never before has there been a time where so much young talent got together to show their work to press and buyers. While taking a break from LFW and gearing up for Paris, have a look at the talents whose names might be on the future show invites: this year’s BA graduates.

New British Voices

There are two things that connect the three upcoming designers Ashley Williams, Claire Barrow and Ed Marler: they are all graduates of London fashion schools (Westminster and CSM) and they are all Fashion East or NEWGEN alumni. Aptly named, they represent a new generation of London designers breaking through nationally and internationally. But as opposed to the 90’s kids who could struggle for a decade to get their feet on the ground in the market, these new talents seem increasingly business-savvy, with the help of support schemes and marketing. Despite the obvious financial and PR-advantages for such schemes, should we (as creatives) be suspicious of them? What are the politics of corporate backing, and what characterises the designers who manage to acquire such support?

TEAMING UP IN TOUGH TIMES: CSM Fine Art and Fashion Class...

When Central School of Art and Design, Saint Martin’s School of Art, Drama Centre London and Byam Shaw came together under one roof at...

CHRISTOPHER SHANNON: THE SUSTAINABLE ROUTE TO SUCCESS

Menswear isn’t a ‘hot topic’ only in London at the moment; it’s becoming an international phenomenon. The New York Times just introduced a men’s style section (the paper itself, however, has admitted that it’s driven by ads); while the city is also making solid plans to introduce a menswear fashion week, catching up with the London Collections: Men. In London itself, the buzz around the testosterone-fueled counterpart of the mostly female-focused industry has been gaining momentum, and increasingly manifests itself in the form of support.

Ode to Luella Bartley and Katie Hillier at Marc by Marc...

In an essay about Luella Barley, Ana Kinsella -- the editor of our first issue -- wrote: "F Scott Fitzgerald wrote that there are no second acts in American lives, but luckily, English girls have never had that problem. At least, not according to Luella Bartley, who has posited seven – seven! – ages of the English girl, from 'school daze' to 'recessionista' and finally 'granny nirvana'. She’s a living embodiment of that school of thought, too. In her own career she hopped from St Martins kid to Evening Standard fashion assistant through to the glory days of her eponymous label and sadly, its liquidation in 2009. Girls and women of many different stripes wailed in despair at the news."

Boys of CSM by HART+LËSHKINA

On one of the warmest days of 2014, photographer duo HART+LËSHKINA shot the SS15 collections of Craig Green, Christopher Shannon and Nicomede Talavera for our second issue: the boys of CSM-past, and of fashion’s future. As they showed their FW15 collections last week, we couldn't think of a better time to celebrate their work and share this feature with you; celebrating their past collectionS and looking ahead to their bright futures, too.

Christopher Shannon: “I just kind of roll with it”

Tired of the stale image of British menswear being so entrenched in its legacy of fine tailoring, Christopher Shannon founded his eponymous menswear brand...

Traces of CSM

We all know that CSM has more than a Wiki-page worth of 'notable alumni'- it's why most of us considered it worth listing as...

‘The Graduates’ with Nick Knight and Simon Foxton

Psssssst... Better set your alarms tomorrow, because we have something super exciting in store, and it's kicking off early. Remember the MA Fashion class...

Cling film wrapped bodies and white painted feet: WHITE WASH

The White Show: having witnessed the entire process - from garment design to show organisation - first year fashion journalism student Lou'ana Carron and photographer...