Influential Fashion Educators

Influential Fashion Educators

Influential Fashion Educators: Céline Toledano

Céline Toledano is a familiar name in the circuit of Parisian fashion education. She started her career as Karl Lagerfeld's right hand in the 80's, working...

Influential Fashion Educators: Fabio Piras

Standing tall and assertive in his uniform of head-to-toe black, the first impression of Fabio Piras is that he is calm, collected and cool-headed....

Influential Fashion Educators: Valerie Steele

Valerie Steele, former high school dropout, Yale doctorate holder, museum curator and author, is a rarity. Having entered fashion by way of corsets (the...

Influential Fashion Educators: David Kappo

David Kappo is perhaps the ultimate embodiment of the spirit of St. Martins. He has frequented the halls of the institution since before its merging with Central School of Art and Design, and remains one of the most prominent tutors in the institution as he directs CSM’s Graduate Diploma while lecturing at the Royal College of Art’s MA course. We invited Kappo, dressed extravagantly in floral tunic and bejewelled en masse, for breakfast at Dishoom, to hear how Louise Wilson once saved him from a tranny shop in SoHo and why it’s important to have the courage to wear what you design.

Influential Fashion Educators: Burak Cakmak, Parsons’ new Dean

Even though Burak Cakmak and I initially aimed to meet for coffee in the mythical ‘absinthe’ Green Bar of Hotel Cafe Royal, it’s unfortunately...

Influential Fashion Educators: Royal Academy of Art Antwerp’s Walter van Beirendonck

Einstein once remarked that there’s no inspiration in an empty room, which is probably why the fifth floor of the iconic Modenatie building smells of burnt leather. A student is adding loafer details to his Adidas Superstar sneakers. In the back of the museum-like white cube chamber students are gazing at a Stockman tailor dummy. You could say that there’s a certain creative flow going on here, but to really understand the underlying structure of this elite heaven for aspiring fashion designers there’s one man you need to speak to: fashion’s own antithesis Walter van Beirendonck. In the heart of the Belgian fashion capital we spoke about Kanye West, the current state of fashion and teaching success - “If I see a student’s work is not there yet I demand more effort, research and work. They might cry in the process, but that’s nothing horrible.”

Influential Fashion Educators: Parsons’ Simon Collins

While Simon Collins and I speak via Skype, dramatic sirens sound in the back the second our connection is established. “Unfortunately it's New York, so there's pretty much always a siren in the background,” he says. He picks up his laptop and shows me around. It’s like being in MTV CRIBS but then a strange office version with weird webcam angles. There are a lot of books and guardsman tunics in his office. “I like the guardsman's tunics. I was a tailor when I first left fashion school, many years ago, so I love fine tailoring. I find them very restful; when I'm doing something that I haven't enjoyed so much, it's quite nice to rest my eyes on something which I think is a thing of real beauty.”

Jurgi Persoons: Inspiration can be something that disgusts you

He had his own universe. A universe where catwalks were irrelevant and Belgian fashion legends Inge Grognard and Ronald Stoops shot all the outfits from...

Influential Fashion Educators: Linda Loppa

"I am a builder of bridges.” In one of the previous interviews in this series, 1 Granary spoke with Westminster’s fashion course director, Andrew Groves,...

Influential Fashion Educators: Jane Rapley

This feature was originally published in 1 Granary Issue 1 Professor Jane Rapley sits in the canteen at Kings Cross a little over a week...

Influential Fashion Educators: RCA’s Zowie Broach

Zowie Broach and I are standing in one of the Royal College of Art's big, empty white spaces. Her blonde hair is slightly flustered...

Influential Fashion Educators: Parsons’ Shelley Fox

When she launched Parsons’ MFA in Fashion Design and Society in 2010, Shelley Fox wanted to set New York fashion right. And now, her...