Meet Caitlin Black: CSM Fine Art Graduate and BFI Best Director...

It is arduous to make work about politically charged current events, but Caitlin Black is not one to shy away from it. A scottish...

Alistair O’Neill’s Lessons in History

Whether in reference to the students or the tutors, Central Saint Martins is “about the people that are there”. That’s the view of Alistair O’Neill, tutor of Fashion History and Theory, among myriad other roles, but ask anyone at 1 Granary, the magazine and the building, and it’s a sentiment that holds. You may not be familiar with the Fashion History and Theory pathway, with its academic leaning in a college celebrated for its applied arts, but you’ll have no doubt seen Alistair’s recent projects proliferate your Twitter feeds, followed by #BlowExhibition or #Valentino hash tags. Perhaps you’ve experienced them in person at London’s Somerset House. Valentino: Master of Couture and Fashion Galore, a celebration of the life and legacy of Isabella Blow, were exhibitions with Alistair at the helm and, uniquely, a Saint Martins presence in the opportunities he provided for his students, who contributed to each show. “I’m both a writer and curator”, but beyond that, an engaging mentor, whose inconceivably vast knowledge of fashion, photography and film had us questioning as a class how you would even begin to acquire that sort of knowledge. So, in order to find out, we asked.

Lidewij Edelkoort: “Fashion is dead, but maybe in the ashes we...

Predicting the future. It might sound like a bit of a dodgy career choice with associations of fortune tellers and astrology, but in fact...

Marco Baitella, experimentally crafting shoes at the Royal College of Art

When we first met, it was Marco’s self-portrait on his desk which struck me: cross-armed with a fusilli mohican, it was a glimpse into...

A guide to getting your collection into boutiques

L’Eclaireur sure is a shop with a history and longevity in the Paris retail scene. Started by Armand Hadida 36 years ago, the boutique...

Philip Sajet and Hau Wen: The insightful relationship between Master and...

While there is no placement year at Central Saint Martins’ BA Jewellery Design, some of the students travel during their spare time to meet...

Asa Riton: a female point of view in filmmaking

Recently signing to RSA, Asa Riton sparked her love of filmmaking whilst at Central Saint Martins. Currently splitting time between home and the office,...

Fashion First, Business After: Pierre Bergé, the world’s biggest fashion businessman

While Yves Saint Laurent was deeply occupied with the creation of his iconic garments, businessman Pierre Bergé was by his side, managing and realising the financial sustainability of the couture and RTW houses of Yves Saint Laurent Couture, and later, ready-to-wear. A lifelong partner, both in romance, business and friendship, he has dedicated his life to the legacy of one of the biggest fashion designers of the 20th century. He pushed the limits of womenswear with his appropriation of the male tuxedo, and radically merged art and fashion in many iconic pieces: broadly, he pioneered a postmodern strategy in fashion, one which dominates much of fashion design today. As a new exhibition at the Bowes Museum opens to celebrate this precocious talent, Mr. Bergé held an exclusive Q&A session to a selected few in the magnificent halls of this 17th century-style French Château on the North English countryside. Here, he shares some invaluable reflections on the development of the fashion industry, its changing strategies, thematic occupations, and the eternal question of art versus commerce.

Jahnkoy: The Displaced, a collection seeping with political weight

Growing up in Siberia, Maria Kazakova was obsessed with sewing from her elementary school days onwards. The day she first saw John Galliano’s explosively...

Ashish: how to use sequins as a form of protest

The 35-look-strong AW17 Ashish collection was a familiar selection of twinkling sequined creations sashaying down the runway on the backs of models with painted...

Pleasing Pleats: Jaimee McKenna from the CSM MA to Fashion Week

If Issey is the king of pleating, then McKenna is the queen of our castle. They say 'blue is the most human colour', and...

Looking for someone to produce your next creative project?

By Eilidh Duffy -- Earlier this year, the Institute of Contemporary Arts hosted a Friday Salon called Creative vs Commercial, where photographers were urged...