HEAD is giving the wings to 34 people, letting them fly out into the world to do their own thing. When it comes to teaching, there is a special emphasis on methodology. “I see the role of theory as instrumental to the students’ practice,” says Aude Fellay, a teacher who is in charge of theory in the MA. In addition to their final collection, they have to write a theory-based essay to ground themselves and be empowered in their practice, she adds. “The conversation between theory and practice is central to our teaching approach.”
“What I loved this year is how the students tied their personal stories into a wider context – before that, it was so focussed on themselves, so they forgot that it had to go out there,” adds Lutz. “The most successful collections this year were deeply personal but equally super relevant to the outside world. After two years in a pandemic, there seems to be a notable shift: students are coming out of their shells, making clothing in a communal atmosphere.
It is almost impossible to convey two courses (BA and MA) into a few sentences, but what stands out is their creativity, their varied inspirations and their appreciation of craftsmanship. HEAD allows the students to be themselves and to create, whether that is on their own or with a creative partner.