During the lead-up to London Fashion Week, many designers on the MA programme enjoy studio assistant work, which we encourage where appropriate.
Since the course started in 2008 our students have carried out internships at many companies such as Gareth Pugh, Aitor Throup, Di Mainstone at Eye Beam New York, Aquascutum London, Sibling London, Alexander McQueen, Clemency London, Holly Fulton, Philips Design, Tatty Devine, Wright Design, WGSN and Kei Kagami.
2009 saw graduate Rachel Lamb selected for the MRC Nobellini competition. Rachel spent the year collaborating with a leading PhD student from Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. Rachel was also selected by fashion artist Di Mainstone to her assist her fashion design residency at Eye Beam, the leading arts and technology centre in New York.
During 2010 Stacey Grant and Maja Polakova led a project for Irish artist Aine Philips as part of the Stanley Picker Gallery's artists in residence; our students lead a team of undergraduate students to produce a concept-based fashion show at the gallery. More recently, a Fashion MA graduate has secured a position at Morritz Waldemeyer's studio.
Many of our graduates are keenly setting up their own businesses as well as freelancing across the creative industries.
Some of the companies our graduates are currently working for Elena Miro, Italy, Topshop, Clemency London, Gareth Pugh, and Philips Design.
In art and design education our graduates are working for Birmingham City University, Arts Institute Thailand and Bucks University.
We encourage design research practice during our Fashion MA programme and several of our students go on to develop their postgraduate practice at MPhil and PhD level.
Studying fashion at Kingston is a great start to your future career – check out what our graduates on this and related courses have gone on to do.
Name: Helen Storey
Course: Fashion BA(Hons)
Helen was nominated for British Designer of the Year in 1990 and 1991. She set up The Helen Storey Foundation in 1997 to promote creativity, innovation and science through the arts, as well as new models for teaching and learning. Helen trained at Valentino and Lancetti in Rome before launching her own fashion label in 1984. She exported to 24 countries selling to 150 shops worldwide and her celebrity clients included Cher, Madonna and Liz Hurley. She was awarded Most Innovative Designer and Best Designer Exporter in 1990.
Helen is currently Professor and Senior Researcher at The London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London; Visiting Professor, Material Chemistry, The University of Sheffield; Visiting Professor, Humanities, King's College London; and Visiting Professor, Textiles, Heriot-Watt University, Scotland.
"Without a doubt, my years at Kingston and, in particular, the push, belief and nurture I received from Richard Nott, defined the designer I am today. Perhaps even more than this – at a time when I had no idea if I was good at anything, he saw something in me that I had long felt was a rampant over-sensitivity towards the world. He transformed that into something that still feeds me today. Gratitude doesn't come close."
Name: John Richmond
Course: Fashion BA(Hons)
John has emerged as one of the most important and creative fashion designers in the world. After completing his studies at Kingston, he created a collection under his own name and became a leading exponent of the British avant-garde. His talent lies in fusing innovative style with master tailoring and his collections have achieved global distribution. His edgy designs are often inspired by rock 'n' roll, and have gained him a cult following.
"You were expected to work unbelievably hard, which I enjoyed. The competition was fierce; the tutors were passionate, tough and encouraging. The friends I made and the special moments we had, I'll never forget. I loved every minute – so many good parties!"