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Popstar Ellie Goulding rocks Glastonbury Festival in top designed by Kingston University fashion graduate Sadie Clayton
Posted Tuesday 8 July 2014
Chart-topping singer Ellie Goulding lit up the stage at this year's Glastonbury Festival thanks to a wireless copper top created by Kingston University BA(Hons) Fashion graduate Sadie Clayton.
The star, who was the most-watched Glastonbury act with 940,000 televison viewers, wore the 23 year old‘s cut-out top with black leather hotpants as she bounded around the Other Stage at the festival. Sadie designed the garment during her final year at Kingston as part of a womenswear collection, which included a shimmering dress made of 2,000 copper plumbing brackets that saw her named runner-up in Graduate Fashion Week's award for innovation last year.
Sadie, from Mirfield in West Yorkshire who graduated from Kingston University in 2013, watched the 27 year old's performance on the last day of the festival on TV and admitted it was a surreal experience to see the singer-songwriter, who has sold millions of albums worldwide, wear something she had designed. "It was incredible to think how many fans would have seen the top," she said. "Ellie Goulding looked great on stage and absolutely rocked the look she was going for."
Sadie said a stylist earmarked the top for the BRIT award winner to wear on stage at the festival, which attracted more than 175,000 people, after discovering her collection. "We weren't sure whether it was going to fit her but, a few days later, I received a text saying that Ellie was wearing it," she explained.
Course director for BA(Hons) Fashion Elinor Renfrew said Sadie had displayed a strong design talent throughout her time at Kingston University. "This is the second time our fashion students have caught the eye of an international pop star - two years ago Lady Gaga wore an outfit created by Kingston graduate Lydia Stedman," Mrs Renfrewadded. "It goes to show top stylists are definitely keeping tabs on the work our students create."
Clayton, who set up her own label Sadie Clayton Limited, is now gearing up to showcase her spring/summer 15 collection at London Fashion Week 2014 on September 12 in the opulent surroundings of St Giles in the Fields Church in West London.
- Find out more about studying fashion at Kingston University.
Product and furniture design student fuses chopsticks with knives and forks to create East meets West cutlery range
Posted Friday 4 July 2014
When it comes to cultural differences between the Far East and Western world, cutlery and dining rituals would probably come high on the list for many people. A Kingston University student, however, has attempted to bridge the gap by fusing cutlery from both cultures to create a series of hybrid eating utensils....
Posted Tuesday 1 July 2014
The first half of 2014 has been a bit of a whirlwind for budding film-maker Scott Carthy. "I've barely had time to think," the 22 year old, who is originally from Drogheda, Ireland, admitted. On top of completing the final year of his graphic design degree at Kingston University London, Scott has found the time to shoot and edit the seven-minute film 1050.6(c) which tells the story of the dying art of subway dancing in New York City.
The movie takes its name from section 1050.6(c) of the New York City Transit Rules of Conduct, which prohibits performers from dancing within the subway cars. This local law has been largely ignored till now but will shortly be more stringently enforced. The film has therefore come at a pivotal moment for the dancers, documenting as it does the end of something that will change part of the character of one of the world's most famous cities....
Kingston University academic calls for robust police investigation into evidence CIA flights carrying terror suspects landed in Scotland
Posted Friday 27 June 2014
Researchers behind a groundbreaking project which tracks thousands of flights linked to rendition are calling for a robust police investigation into evidence that a CIA jet landed in Glasgow after carrying an alleged 9/11 mastermind to a secret torture prison in Poland.Rendition involves terror suspects being transported from around the globe to secret locations for enhanced interrogation.
It has emerged that Scottish detectives are investigating the 2003 stopover after the alleged September 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was taken to Poland. They are also probing five other cases which researchers say were part of CIA 'rendition circuits', where terror suspects are moved illegally between secret detention and torture sites....
Posted Wednesday 25 June 2014
A former Kingston University student is hoping to bring a new level of public understanding to the war in Syria through her debut book 'The boy from Aleppo who painted the war'. Described by the Times newspaper as 'a moving first novel written with an insider's knowledge of the land and its people' - it was written by Sumia Sukkar, 21, who graduated from Kingston last year with a creative writing degree.
Sumia is of Syrian-Algerian descent so feels a personal connection to what has been happening in the Middle Eastern country and her novel, published by Eyewear Publishing, tells the story of conflict through the eyes of 14-year-old Adam, who has Aspergers Syndrome. Adam expresses his feelings through painting as he tries to make sense of the chaos and destruction around him....
Kingston University Fashion MA student Marilina Tsitsa wins Diversity Now! 2014 film prize from All Walks Beyond the Catwalk and i-D Magazine
Posted Monday 16 June 2014
Kingston University's Fashion MA student Marilina Tsitsa has won the Diversity Now! 2014 film prize from All Walks Beyond the Catwalk and i-D Magazine. She won for her film Anna in Puppetland, which looks at the way the fashion industry dictates its beauty ideals on society.
All Walks Beyond the Catwalk is an organisation that aims to challenge the fashion industry to represent a more realistic range of women in age, size, race and appearance. The Diversity Now! competition asked fashion students to create works that reflect these ideals.
Marilina said her film was "an effort to evoke thought about how much influence the media and fashion have on us. I strongly believe that we should become more independent in terms of thinking, especially women that have been psychologically manipulated throughout history."
Marilina came to Kingston to study the Fashion MA after completing her undergraduate degree in her native Greece. "One of the reasons I chose Kingston is that the degree doesn't just focus on getting into the industry as it is, but allows you to experiment, collaborate and find your own place. Something that has always been important to me is breaking the stereotypes of beauty and attractiveness, women are being stifled by the beauty and fashion industries. This competition was ideal for me.
"I was really pleased to be selected as a finalist, but I didn't expect to win. I was so surprised and touched when my name was called at the awards ceremony. When you've put a lot of work into something you believe to be important, the appreciation makes you feel really good."
One of the founding members of All Walks is fashion industry guru Caryn Franklin, who is also a Kingston University graduate. Earlier this year she came to Kingston to meet with fashion students and encourage them to take part.
Caryn said: "Marilina's film was an opinionated and confident statement on our willingness to let fashion dictate terms. We loved it for its clever simplicity and stark messaging.
"It's clear that these challenges to our thinking are needed in the current climate. Since lecturing to Kingston about the All Walks Beyond the Catwalk philosophy of inclusivity, conscious fashion and enlightened practice, we have been delighted with the response of tutors and students alike."
- Find out more about studying the Fashion MA at Kingston University.
Rankin and Times photographers put Kingston University student's Antarctic-inspired Graduate Fashion Week collection in the frame
Posted Thursday 29 May 2014
A Kingston University student's adventurous new womenswear range inspired by the expeditions of an early Antarctic explorer has caught the eye of a firm headed by one of the world's leading fashion lensmen and major national newspaper The Times.
British photographer Rankin, who lists iconic images of the Queen, Kate Moss and Madonna amongst his array of high-profile work, sent his top assistant, Trisha Ward, to capture a pink sheepskin coat created by Lauren Lake during a special Graduate Fashion Week shoot. "To have such a talented photographer who works alongside someone of Rankin's stature take images of one of my statement pieces was incredibly exciting," Lauren,who grew up in Exmouth, Devon, said. "I couldn't quite believe it when I found out and felt a huge surge of pride when I saw the final result. The photos depicted the bold, daring qualities of my collection absolutely brilliantly."...
Switched on Kingston University graduate Alicja Jasina scoops Royal Television Society Award for short film The Light Bulb
Posted Tuesday 27 May 2014
A Kingston University illustration animation graduate is basking in the industry spotlight after winning a prestigious national award from the Royal Television Society. Alicja Jasina's short film The Light Bulb scooped the undergraduate animation award after fending off competition from fellow finalists from the Irish School of Animation and Edinburgh College of Art.
The 24 year old, currently studying for a Masters in animation at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, described her three-minute film as a true labour of love. The eye-catching animation focuses on a subject close to her heart - the very process of creating a short film. It follows the fictional challenges faced by a student, voiced by Alicja herself, dealing with constant interruptions and suggestions from a group of tutors as she strives to stay true to her original concept and create some simple footage of a stick man changing a light bulb.
"I think it's important not to lose your voice and not to follow others' critiques blindly and I tried to capture the essence of that in my film," she explained. "That's very much what my own lecturers at Kingston University instilled in me - to be open to feedback from other people but, at the same time, be brave enough to have faith in my own ideas and follow them through. I hope The Light Bulb inspires artists to brainstorm more intensely, be dynamic about the creative process and to not hesitate to go back to the drawing board when it might be necessary, even if that might seem painful."
Alicja, who grew up in Szczecin in Poland, has already had her film screened at the Internationale Kurzfilmwoche in Regensburg, Germany, and the Outbox International Film Festival in Lebanese capital Beirut. "Despite that, I didn't have any inkling that I might have a chance of winning the Royal Television Society award and it's such a boost to know my work has been recognised by the industry in this way," she said.
The judging panel, chaired by former BBC Productions chief creative officer Patrick Younge, described Alicja's work as "well-scripted, delightfully funny and subversive" and praised it for taking a wry, oblique look at the creative process of making a student film. She was shortlisted for the top trophy after winning the Royal Television Society's London region category, where she was up against two other high-achieving Kingston University course mates, Tanya Griffiths and Maryam Tafakory.
Course director Geoff Grandfield said the clean sweep of nominations for the regional round and Alicja's subsequent national success highlighted the strength of Kingston University's BA (Hons) Illustration Animation programme. "My favourite thing about Alicja's short film is that it is a classic student reaction to dialogue with their tutor. Her work examines that relationship in a humorous way, with visual language and content that are very well matched," he said. "She has kept everything extremely simple and it really works. Hopefully the great exposure that this award will bring will lead to Alicja being commissioned to work on more high-profile projects where she can really demonstrate her tremendous talent."
- Find out more about studying illustration and animation at Kingston University.