Industry talk with milliner Noel Stewart – this Thursday!

This Thursday in LTA, the milliner Noel Stewart will be giving a talk about his practice. 5pm – not to be missed!

Noel Stewart is a London based milliner with international status. Taking inspiration from contemporary art and architecture he continually modernises millinery to creates a fresh and elegant approach to how we dress the head. Noels’ collections combine luxury materials and traditional craftsmanship with contemporary innovation.

















Since establishing his label Noel has designed hats for leading fashion designers including Roland MouretDieselRoksanda, ErdemHussein ChalayanRichard NicollJaegerMarc by Marc JacobsHolly Fulton, Sibling, Viktor & Rolf, Ryan Lo, Gareth Pugh, and JW Anderson. His continuing work with such designers reflects the relevance of his role in contemporary fashion.

Off the catwalk Noel Stewart has acquired a loyal fan-base. His hats have been worn by Keira Knightly, Lady GagaFlorence WelchKylie Minogue and Beth Ditto.

Now open at the Barbican – The Vulgar – Fashion Redefined

13 October 2016 – 5 February 2017


Potent, provocative and sometimes shocking, the word vulgar conjures up strong images, ideas and feelings in us all. The Vulgar is the first exhibition to explore the inherently challenging but utterly compelling territory of taste in fashion, from the renaissance through to contemporary design. Examining the constantly evolving notion of vulgarity in fashion whilst revelling in its excesses, you are invited to think again about exactly what makes something vulgar and why it is such a sensitive and contested term.

Drawn from major public and private collections worldwide, The Vulgar showcases over 120 stunning objects, ranging from historical costumes to couture and ready-to-wear looks, with contributions from leading contemporary designers such as Walter van BeirendonckChloéChristian DiorPam HoggCharles JamesChristian LacroixLanvinMoschinoMiuccia PradaAgent ProvocateurElsa SchiaparelliPhilip TreacyUNDERCOVERViktor & RolfLouis Vuitton and Vivienne Westwood.

Film Club – Wednesday 20th October – ‘Blow-Up’


Antonioni’s cult classic ‘Blow-Up’ will be shown at this week’s Film Club.

Wednesday 20th October 2016

4pm – 6pm

Lecture Theatre B

Don’t miss it!

Blow-Up (1966) is writer/director Michelangelo Antonioni’s view of the world of mod fashion, and an engaging, provocative murder mystery that examines the existential nature of reality interpreted through photography (also painting and pantomime). It was set in mid-60s London, a locale fairly unfamiliar to the director, although well known at the time for its trends including the Beatles, stick-thin fashion model Twiggy, and the mod styles at Carnaby Street. This was Antonioni’s first film in English, and it quickly became one of the most important films of its decade, and it was his first international box-office success. It was also a milestone in liberalized attitudes toward film nudity and expressions of sexuality (reportedly the first British film to display full-frontal nudity).

Internship at Roksanda Sample Room

Roksanda Sampling team are looking for suitable interns to help with the making of the next main and pre-collections, you will get to experience all the stages of developing a major womenswear collection. Successful candidate will experience how the sampling department interacts with the design and production teams.
Suitable for applicants who are presently studying a fashion degree or on the placement year
Preferred internship duration is 3 – 6 months
A daily travel allowance of £10 is offered for this role
  • Assisting product development team with toiling for fittings,
  • Liaison with pattern cutters and machinists,
  • Working alongside sample cutter;
  • Hand finishing final samples including embroidery,
  • Assisting with finishing trials,
  • Assisting at the photoshoot,
  • Backstage help during London Fashion Week
  • Good knowledge of fabrics and garment construction,
  • Confident in hand/machine sewing,
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills,
  • Strong attention to detail,
  • Candidate would have a positive and enthusiastic attitude.
To apply go here

Abstract Expressionism at the Royal Academy

24 September 2016 — 2 January 2017

Exploring an unparalleled period in American art, this long-awaited exhibition reveals the full breadth of a movement that will forever be associated with the boundless creative energy of 1950s New York.

In the “age of anxiety” surrounding the Second World War and the years of free jazz and Beat poetry, artists like Pollock, Rothko and de Kooning broke from accepted conventions to unleash a new confidence in painting.

Often monumental in scale, their works are at times intense, spontaneous and deeply expressive. At others they are more contemplative, presenting large fields of colour that border on the sublime. These radical creations redefined the nature of painting, and were intended not simply to be admired from a distance but as two-way encounters between artist and viewer.

It was a watershed moment in the evolution of 20th-century art, yet, remarkably, there has been no major survey of the movement since 1959.

This autumn we bring together some of the most celebrated art of the past century, offering the chance to experience the powerful collective impact of Pollock, Rothko, Still, de Kooning, Newman, Kline, Smith, Guston and Gorky as their works dominate our galleries with their scale and vitality.

We also acknowledge the lesser-known figures who contributed to the development of the movement. Finally, we include photography and sculpture to complete an ambitious re-evaluation of the phenomenon that saw New York take over from Paris as the capital of the art world.

For more details go to


Clyfford Still, PH-950, 1950.


C&E Lecture – Thursday 13th October 5pm – Bethany Williams

1-bethany-williams-lectureDesigner Bethany Williams will be talking about the social and environmental influences on her work next Thursday at 5pm LTA – not to be missed.


Knitwear for Fashion alumni Victoria Jones featured on Not Just A Label’s ‘Black Sheep’

Graduate knitwear designer Victoria Jones has been showcased as part of Not Just A Label’s ‘Black Sheep’ feature. NJAL selects designers they feel are “especially innovative, pioneering and striking in their work.”

Victoria Jones NJAL feature

Her final womenswear collection Psychedelic Furs is focused around the question of ‘What is bad taste?’ Directed around 1970s playful interiors, the seventies is often described as the decade taste forgot. Victoria plays on the idea of ugliness and how individuals perceive it. William Eggleston, Larry Sultan and Stephen Shore are among the American photographers she took inspiration from as well as old home interior design books by Terrance Conrad.

From the imagery she has drawn on colour, texture and pattern and directed them into knits, using mohair and furry yarn to create interesting knitwear evocative of shag pile rugs and contrasting checks. Dying her own yarn and fabric has enabled her to create a vibrant contemporary colour palette that is balanced across the collection.

Read more here

Film Club starts this Wednesday with Blade Runner

The first of the Fashion and Textiles Design ‘Film Club’ series starts this Wednesday 5th October.

The first screening, chosen by programme leader, Cecilia Langemar will be the 1980’s Ridley Scott classic ‘Blade Runner’. This visually spectacular, noir thriller has been a huge inspiration to many artists and designers.


Please join us for this opportunity to see it on the big screen.

Film Screenings are 16.00-18.00pm in Lecture Theatre B.

Textile Forum – The Fashion Fabric Show – Next Week

October 12th -13th / 10-6pm

Marylebone, London


Textile Forum was founded in 2002. It now attracts designers and fabric buyers from major retail groups and brands, established fashion businesses and start-ups, as well as the next generation designers from the top fashion and textile colleges.

Exhibitors supply fabrics, with a small quantity option, to provide inspiration for menswear, womenswear and childrenswear collections, including daywear, eveningwear, bridalwear, lingerie and accessories.

For details and to register go here

WSA Printed Textiles alumni at Premiere Vision Paris with Texprint

Sarah Cheyne, Senior Teaching Fellow in Printed Textiles was at Premiere Vision, Paris last week researching for an upcoming Live Project for our students as well as working with Texprint, an organisation that takes 24 of the best UK graduates to Paris to show their work to an international market. Amongst the 2016 Texprint cohort was Melissa Ougham, recent graduate from Printed Textiles at WSA. Here she is on her stand, showcasing her work. She will be starting her internship in Como, Italy in just a few weeks.