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Posted Friday 25 September 2015
Kingston University's latest crop of MA Fashion students rekindled the buzz of London's famous 1980s fashion markets when they launched their new collections in the heart of Soho. Celebrating the heritage of iconic clothes emporiums such as Portobello and Kensington, the class of 2015 received a rapturous reception as they flaunted their wares to fashion experts and key industry figures on market-style stalls at the Vinyl Factory on the eve of London Fashion Week.
Designer Chi Wu recreated the drama of martial arts movies with a vibrant menswear rangeAmidst the hustle and bustle, collections by five of the young designers premiered on the catwalk. From floor length, suffragette-inspired silhouettes of Hope Hudson's ethereal womenswear to an explosion of colour created by Chi Wu's martial-arts-movie-themed menswear, the students took inspiration from far and wide for their latest work....
Posted Thursday 24 September 2015
Kingston University has been rated among the top 15 per cent of institutions in the globe in the prestigious QS World University Rankings. The newly-released 2015 tables have seen the University propelled into an elite listing of the world's 500 premier higher education providers, with its expertise in art and design recognised as among the top 100 internationally.
Regarded as one of the world's most authoritative university rankings, the QS tables are widely referenced by prospective and current students, university professionals and government policy-makers across the globe. They assess research, teaching, employability and international activity at hundreds of universities worldwide....
Posted Friday 14 August 2015
Kingston University's sports science and nutrition degrees have taken top spots on the podium in the latest National Student Survey, with third year undergraduates the most satisfied in England and Wales. Both subjects carried off the highest honours in their respective fields, with 100 per cent student satisfaction ratings in the annual survey. That score was matched by a trio of other high performers - computer science (games programming), geography and mechanical engineering - which also received a maximum 100 per cent satisfaction rating.
Sports science degree courses at Kingston University received a 100 per cent student satisfaction rating in this year's National Student Survey.Acting Dean Dr Lucy Jones said the results were a ringing endorsement of the quality of the courses based in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing. "Our students have access to a wide range of specialist facilities and top quality teaching," Dr Jones said. "One of the highlights for our nutrition and sports science students is the chance to use state-of-the-art equipment in our high specification body composition suite. Our computer gaming students, meanwhile, enjoy the opportunity to create commercially-viable games in the University's games laboratory, regularly working with illustrators, developers and experts from the field. Elsewhere, our geographers are given the chance to broaden their horizons through a programme of international field trips, exploring regions of such far flung countries as South Africa and Malta."...
Posted Wednesday 5 August 2015
Have you ever wanted to live the life of a famous pop star? Or learn more about an artist's state of mind while they were in the process of creating a career-defining piece of work?
That's exactly what an academic from Kingston University is doing as part of a year-long research project. Film and cultural studies expert Professor Will Brooker will cover 40 years of music legend David Bowie's career during a year-long study, spending a few months at a time experiencing specific moments in the star's life.
"The idea is to inhabit Bowie's head space at points in his life and career to understand his work from an original angle, while retaining a critical and objective perspective at the same time - a kind of split persona perhaps," Professor Brooker explained.
Professor Brooker discussed the project with Australian network ABC while he was in Melbourne to speak at the David Bowie symposium taking place as part of the David Bowie Is exhibition at the Australian Centre for the Moving image.
Part of the process of the research involves only consuming the cultural content Bowie would have encountered during each period. For example, Professor Brooker is currently only listening to music, watching films and reading books produced before 1974 to get a deeper insight into Bowie's creative thought process. It was during this period that the star became interested in Philadelphia soul, leading to the production of the Young Americans album and the creation of the Thin White Duke character. "If you're reading some strange science fiction and books about magic, you can kind of get into Bowie's head. It's sometimes quite a strange place, a dangerous place, a place you wouldn't want to live for too long," Professor Brooker said.
He has also been dressing as Bowie, wearing the same make-up, experimenting with sleep deprivation, attempting to follow Bowie's dubious diet of milk and red peppers and has even started to take singing lessons. However, some aspects of the icon's life are more difficult recreate. "His mansion in Beckenham has been demolished, for instance, and I'm unlikely to have a fling with Mick Jagger," Professor Brooker said. "However it is possible to engage with and get a feel for his experiences without immersing oneself to a dangerous extent."
It was during his teenage years that Professor Brooker first came into contact with Bowie, repeatedly listening to a cassette of the Let's Dance album on his Walkman. Looking back, he believes he felt an affinity to Bowie because he achieved a 'balance between success and strangeness, between a necessary commercial pragmatism and a core of personal authenticity'.
Professor Brooker is not sure how Bowie would feel about his latest project: "I hope he would be interested in and amused by my research," he said. "I do feel, though, that everything he says and does in public is performance, so if he did hear about it, we would be unlikely to know what he genuinely thought."
Posted Wednesday 8 July 2015
The Women's Institute has joined forces with leading fashion educator Kingston University London to weave together a century of knitting know-how with the vision of some of fashion's future trail blazers. Twenty one members of the WI, all keen knitters or crafters, cast off the organisation's more conventional image to work with 11 up-and-coming designers from the University's fashion department in a cutting edge collaboration unveiled in a catwalk show at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the voluntary organisation's centenary celebrations.
The project was the brainchild of Kingston University knitwear specialist Associate Professor Samantha Elliott and the National Federation of Women's Institutes' Craft Council. "I have long been an admirer of the Women's Institute and Kingston University's fashion department has a strong tradition of collaborative working," Ms Elliott said. "So when I met the institution's craft adviser at industry showcase the Knitting and Stitching Show, I seized the opportunity to talk about how we could bring the two organisations together. It made perfect sense to me to blend the craft skills and heritage of the WI with the design expertise and cutting edge technology we have at Kingston University." The young designers and their Women's Institute volunteers created an eclectic range of eye-catching knitwear which included sophisticated sportswear and an androgynous trouser suit and jumper. Institute members with craft experience were invited to volunteer for the project through the organisation's magazine and website. Ms Elliot matched the 21 women chosen with the cream of Kingston University's final year knitwear students - with two WI ‘makers' assigned to each student. The teams first met at the institute's craft headquarters Denman College in Oxfordshire last September to learn a little about each other's experience and expertise. A former Vogue knitwear designer, 87 year-old Shelagh Hollingworth from Powys and Radnor Federation, and wool mill owner Karen Griffiths from Derbyshire Federation, an expert in processing specialist fleece such as Alpaca, were among the members who took part in the project....
Posted Thursday 25 June 2015
A keen conservationist and up-coming-designer has turned her talents to devising a shelter for one of the United Kingdom's most treasured garden inhabitants - the hedgehog. Wildlife enthusiast Antigone Frichot, who has just completed a BA(Hons) in Product and Furniture Design at Kingston University, has come up with the concept for a garden haven light enough for human handling but robust enough to withstand the dogs, badgers and foxes who prey upon the spiny mammals and their young.
Dubbed Hoglodge, Antigone's creation is made of terracotta, which she chose for its insulating properties, and consists of a raised hollow base topped with a floor, a wall and a dome cover. The base has been designed to keep hibernating residents off the cold ground, while the wall deflects wind and blocks predators from gaining entry....
Posted Friday 29 May 2015
Graduating students from Kingston University's Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture have showcased their final projects in a major exhibition at the Knights Park campus.
The Kingston University undergraduate degree show has become a must-see fixture in the calendar for design aficionados and this year was no exception, providing industry experts and recruiters with an opportunity to get up close and personal with emerging creative talent. ‘Thinking Through Making' unveiled the work of students completing degree courses in architecture, design, film-making, fine art, landscape architecture, graphic design, illustration and animation, interior design, photography and product and furniture design....
Posted Wednesday 13 May 2015
Project SAFE YOU will educate young people about the perils of performance-enhancing drugs. Image: DreamstimeKingston University is playing a key role in a major European initiative to educate young fitness and sports enthusiasts about the dangers of doping and ways to avoid falling victim to the perils of performance and image-enhancing substances. Project SAFE YOU (Strengthening the Anti-doping Fight in Fitness and Exercise in Youth) is being launched with more than €400,000 backing from the European Commission. It will lead to the development of an online tool that will also serve as a comprehensive source of support for teachers, coaches and instructors responsible for anti-doping education.
Headed by Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Greece, the project will draw on the knowledge of a consortium of global experts, including senior academics from Kingston University, the University of Rome Foro Italico and the University of Potsdam in Germany. They will work alongside the German Anti-Doping Agency, the Cyprus Sport Organisation and Greece's Ministry of Culture, Education and Religious Affairs....