14 December 2010



This is a three day programme considering the ethics of the fashion and textiles industry. An exciting line up of guest speakers have been organised for each day covering various aspects of sustainability.

8 December 2010


The Barbican has some great fashion related events coming up. Take a look at their website for more information...


The third season of contemporary art at 6 Burlington Gardens examines how artists and designers use clothing as a mechanism to communicate and reveal elements of our identity. The exhibition includes work by 30 leading international practitioners including Marina Abramović, Andreas Gursky, Claudia Losi, Susie MacMurray, La Maison Martin Margiela, Alexander McQueen, Yoko Ono, Grayson Perry, Dai Rees, Cindy Sherman, Helen Storey, Rosemarie Trockel, Sharif Waked, Gillian Wearing RA, Yohji Yamamoto and Andrea Zittel. Click here for more info


Saturday 11th December from 10am - 4pm Christmas market at the Minories Colchester. 2nd and 3rd years will have a stall to raise money for their end of year shows and Mary Lu will also have a stall so please show your support. You will find unique gifts, retro fashion and accessories, jewellery, second hand art books, up-cycled printed knitwear,and fabulous kitsch homewares, plus 20 other stalls, and seasonal menu in the bistro - dont miss it.


Please make sure you visit this exhibition, particularly 2nd years who will be working with Frin (an exhibitor) in semester 2. The exhibition will be of interest to all as two exhibitors are textiles specialists...


November 25th, 2010 - December 21st, 2010
As in many recent works Blackwell will be focusing on fairytales, with their haunting, dream-like atmosphere. This exhibition at Long and Ryle, will explore the role of marriage within the fairytale. In many fairy tales, marriage acts as a kind of a closing sequence for the ‘happy ending’, simply because it was an expected stage of life for women during the periods in which these tales were first told. In these new works, Blackwell examines a different type of ending. The main focus of the exhibition will be a wedding dress, from which Blackwell has cut a garden from the train of the dress. Click here for more information

6 December 2010


You are invited to the private view of an exhibition of work by students completing the MA Arts in a Social Context course
Friday 10th December 6pm – 8pm
The Minories
Light refreshments available
Exhibition continues until Friday 21st January 2011

24 November 2010


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17 November 2010


The Fashion Careers Clinic Guide: How To Prepare For a Career in Fashion by Stephanie Finnan, published by Adelita ltd. RRP: £12.99

15 November 2010


Vanners silks will be selling some of their Couture silk fabrics on Monday 22nd November between 12pm and 4pm in the main foyer. Please make sure you go along to have a look...


19 November 2010 - 25 April 2011 at the Museum of Fashion and Textiles. Sue Timney is the celebrated designer whose company, Timney-Fowler, is best known for its distinctive graphic black and white imagery. It is also one of a rare breed of design companies whose work flows effortlessly between fashion and interiors.

10 November 2010

Mary Lu Pop Up Shop

Lucy and Mary will be showing their exciting collections of Vintage, Retro and Modern Fashion as well as customised and recycled accessories and home wares, unique kitsch gifts, art work, and lots more at;

Wednesday 24 November 6-9pm
Thurs 25th Fri 26th and Sat 27th Nov 10-5pm
@ Slice, Culver St West, Colchester

Vintage Vogue - Sunday 5 December
The Essex Vintage Fair 10 – 4pm
Brentwood School Sports Centre
Middleton Hall Lane, Brentwood.

The Minories Christmas Market
Saturday 11 December 10 – 4pm
The Minories, High St Colchester

For more information
lucytiffney@yahoo.co.uk m 07977099734
maryratcliffe8@aol.com m 07702244880

40 Years of kenzo

click here for more information

9 November 2010

Winter Lights - Cuckoo Farm

The Annual Winter selling exhibition is on this weekend at Cuckoo Farm Studios Don't miss your chance to buy unique original artwork from local and regional artists and crafts people. Click here for more info

East meets West: Fashion events at the Barbican

Future Fabric (11th Nov 6.30): Explore the convergence of fashion and technology with Philip Delamore, digital printing textile guru, showcasing works from his studio.

What Future Fashion Fabrication (11th Nov 7.30):Author Bradley Quinn investigates technology's meetings with fashion including insights from Jane Harris and Carole Collet of the Art's Textiles Futures Research Group

Black (18th Nov 6.30):Cult blogger Diane Pernet joins design duo Black in conversation, then its time to sip on a cocktail whilst watching a special selection of Black themed films!

East Meets West (25th Nov 7.30): Author Barbara Vinken, scholar Nicolas Cambridge and Toshio Watanabe take an illuminating look at the enormous impact that Japanese aesthetics has had on western fashion and culture.

Reinvention (2nd Dec 6.30): Cult artist/designer Noki talks about his future with his new fashion house The NHS. Plus bored of your wardrobe? Why not let glamorous haberdashery Pick Your Fingers help you create new outfits out of your old clothes.....
Check out the Barbican website for details

8 November 2010

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5 November 2010


A conference for fashion, textiles and other design & creative marketing students organised by the Trend Boutique. Covering sustainability, environmental, ethical and
global issues and featuringsome of the pioneering names in this arena.
Wednesday 24th November 2010
10.30 – 16.00 (Doors open from 9.45 am)
The Broadway Cinema, Nottingham
To Book Your Place:
Tickets are £30 per student or £50 per lecturer & can be purchased via the following methods:
By telephone: The Trend Boutique on 0115 952 9116 or 0115 950 7079
Online at See Tickets www.seetickets.com (please note an additional booking fee & postage costs will apply)
For group bookings contact The Trend Boutique on the above number.
Terms & Conditions Apply – see website for further details

3 November 2010


Amy Beckwith, a graduate from Colchester School of Art Design and Media is showcasing some of her work in an exhibition held at Essex University. The collection takes inspiration from 18th century decorative arts, observing natural world paintings of that period.
Gallery H+H - Health and Human Science Building, Essex university; 25th October - 10th December, Monday - Friday 8.30am - 4.30pm


Written and directed by Academy Award winner Jane Campion, Bright Star is a riveting drama based on the three-year romance between 19th century poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne, which was cut short by Keats’ untimely death at age 25. Ben Whishaw (The International, I’m Not There) and Abbie Cornish (Stop-Loss, Elizabeth: The Golden Age) star as Keats and Brawne, respectively. The film is co-produced by Jan Chapman and Caroline Hewitt.


Fashion East: The Spectre That Haunted Socialism' (MIT Press, £25.95), by Djurdja Bartlett. One for the Christmas list?


The long awaited collection by Alber Elbaz, Lanvin's artistic director, for the high street giants goes on sale on November 23 in selected H&M stores nationwide, and this is definitely one collaboration worth getting out of bed early for.

Expect queues around the block for Elbaz's signature cocktail dresses, appliqué T-shirts, ladylike shoes and glamorous accessories.

2 November 2010


Take a look at the V&A Channel - the V&A's on-line film Magazine... This is where you can find films from every corner of the museum. Search for People or Things. here

28 October 2010


Encens Issue 26 from Susie Bubble on Vimeo.

This annual publication might be worth a look... new issue, £15 from good magazine stores.


Protégé, a new fashion accessories company are looking for talented under-graduate designers to design a range of bags for one season only. Submitted designs will be judged by the Protégé Panel which includes;
Victoria Makin (Accessories designer for Topshop and Mischa Barton)
Philippa Meighan (Senior Buyer for Accessories at New Look)
Maria Malone (Senior Lecturer of Fashion Buying at Manchester Metropolitan)
On the 6th Dec, two designers will be chosen and the collection will be distributed through boutiques, online and social selling. The winning designs won’t just go under the Protégé name, they will be named by or after the chosen student and through the Protégé website they will showcase your portfolio, click here for more information. This is a fantastic opportunity, if you are interested you need to get an application form from Charlie or Val. Good luck


Phoenix magazine is looking for new fashion designers, photographers, illustrators and writers to showcase both in the print magazine and for the re-launch of their website.

If you want the opportunity to be a part of this email your contact details to fashion@phoenixmag.co.uk so they can arrange to see your portfolio.

27 October 2010

The Warner Textiles Archive

The Textile Archive is closed to the public during the winter months but a programme of events has been planned as follows:
17th November 2010 – ‘Winter Silks Tour’ 10.30am to 1pm.
A look at some of the sumptuous silks woven by Warner & Sons during your behind the scenes tour of the Archive. £5.50 includes tea and coffee

29th – 30th January 2011 – Textile Fair – 11am to 4pm
Vintage Textiles – Beads – Patchwork – Books – Fabric by the Metre – Trimmings – Arts & Crafts – Gifts - Admission £2. Refreshments available.

26th February 2011 – ‘Spring Textile Tour’ 10.30am to 1pm.
Explore the rich history of floral design in the hand woven and hand printed fabrics by Warner & Sons, from Owen Jones through to Eddie Squires. Includes tour of the Archive. £5.50 includes tea and coffee

2nd March 2011 – ‘Starting out in Textiles’ – 10.30am – 3.30pm
Textile Designs of the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s.
A look at Warner & Sons through these dynamic decades of design. Talk and Tour. See the original fabrics and wallpapers from our amazing Archive.
£10 - to include tea and coffee. Please bring your own lunch.
For booking and further information contact Braintree District Museum Service ph.
(01376) 325 266

The Design Museum: Fashion Talks Series

You should take a look at the Design Museum Website for information on forthcoming talks: Drawing Fahsion, Fashion Debate,Manolo Blahnik and Stephen Jones.

Yohji Yamamoto

From 12 March - 10 July 2011, the V&A will present a retrospective of the work of visionary Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto. Conceived as a site-specific installation with its core in Gallery 38 and small interventions throughout the V&A, Yamamoto’s menswear collections will be included in the display of his work for the first time. Each space will take its own meaning within the narrative of the exhibition which explores Yohji Yamamoto’s design world. Click here for more info

Rene Gruau: Line of Beauty

A celebration of the renowned illustrator René Gruau (1909-2004), who created some of the most iconic fashion images of the 20th century. This exciting exhibition held at Somerset House will showcase groundbreaking artworks including original illustrations for Christian Dior Parfums, vintage perfume bottles, sketches and magazines, as well as a selection of Dior Haute Couture dresses. Click here for details

20 October 2010


"A must for anybody who admires these very creative Japanese designers – It should be a brilliant exhibition" - Paul Smith

Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion is the first exhibition in Europe to comprehensively survey avant-garde Japanese fashion, from the early 1980s to the present. Curated by the eminent Japanese fashion historian Akiko Fukai, Director of the Kyoto Costume Institute, the exhibition explores the unique sensibility of Japanese design, and its sense of beauty embodied in clothing.

13 September 2010


Drawing Fashion celebrates a unique collection of some of the most remarkable fashion illustrations from the twentieth and twenty first centuries. These original works define the fine art of illustrating fashion, from the collections of Chanel, Dior, Comme des Garçons and Poiret as well as Viktor & Rolf, Lacroix and McQueen.
This exhibition showcases fashion illustrators at their creative heights. Film-clips, news reels, music and photography will sit alongside the original illustrations to reflect not only the spirit and the style of the decades but also the wider social and cultural changes of the century. Click here for more info.


Somerset House will host a display of Matthew Williamson's work, to coincide with the publication of his new book. The exhibition will offer a unique insight into the life of one of the most original and exciting fashion designers working today. The book, published by Rizzoli, celebrates Williamson’s colour-drenched creations embellished with exquisite embroidery and beading. Photographs of Williamson’s textile designs, celebrity fashion shoots, and mood boards, sketches and scrapbooks reveal his influences and inspirations.
The exhibition is on from 13th October - 30th January and is free to enter, click here for more information.

17th - 22nd SEPTEMBER

Check out the official website, buy the magazines, read the newspapers, watch the shows... what do you love, what do you dislike, what are the trends, who is your favourite??...


Origin is the Crafts Council's annual showcase of original contemporary craft, bringing together over 200 of the most innovative UK and international makers as selected by a panel of leading experts. Origin will be at old Spitalfields market from 23rd - 29th September, tickets cost £8 each. Click here for more information.

5 July 2010


Fashion designer Hussein Chalayan turns artist for a show at the Lisson Gallery. He will stage a show that combines familiar Chalayan traits: traditional music, live performance, historic costume and dramatic staging (from Sept 8th - Oct 2nd). Click here for more information.


Hauser & Wirth gallery will open a cavernous new space at 23 Savile Row with an exhibition of the work of the late Louise Bourgeois. The show will feature four large-scale sculptures and more than 70 fabric drawings made from domestic artefacts and shreds of clothing. keep an eye here for more info.

GAUGUIN - Tate Modern 30th September - 16th January

Gauguin is one of the world's most famous and best-loved artists from the early 20th century. For the first time in the UK in over 50 years, Tate Modern presents an exhibition dedicated to this master French Post-Impressionist, featuring paintings and drawings from around the world. His sumptuous, colourful images of women in Tahiti and beautiful landscape images of Brittany in France are some of the most popular images in Modern art. Click here for details.

1 July 2010


Horrockses Fashions Limited was the manufacturer of one of the most well-respected ready-to-wear labels of the 1940s and 1950s.

The company are best known for their full-skirted dresses will provide a visual feast for visitors which focuses on the range of the firm's production, from glamorous evening dresses, to vibrant summer frocks and sophisticated housecoats and beachwear. It will follow the story of the Horrockses dress from initial fabric and fashion design, to production, promotion and consumption.

For more information click here

2 June 2010

Henry Moore Textiles, Sainsbury Centre 22June - 29 Aug

Although Moore is best known for his sculptures, this acclaimed exhibition offers the opportunity to see his work on an intimate scale, bringing together dress and upholstery fabrics with wall panels, drawings and lithographs. Click here for more information.

London Festival of Architecture 2010

The Festival in 2010 will be a city-wide celebration of architecture in the capital. As London gears up for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games this festival looks at ways in which planners, architects and local communities play their part in the development of 'The Welcoming City'. All Londoners are invited to join the Festival community, to develop projects to take part in debates; to investigate ways that London can be made a better place to live, work and play; to explore the city through guided walks and bike rides and to examine change in the capital in a celebratory way. A wide range of independent events will surround a number of core activities - some focused on high profile weekend events - others taking place throughout the Festival period.
June 19 to July 04, 2010 at various venues throughout London. Click here for more information.

The Surreal House, The Barbican 10 June - 12 September

Experience The Surreal House - its haunted rooms, delirious forms, blasted architecture and cinematic dreamscapes - featuring a host of artists, architects and film makers including Salvador Dali, Marcel Duchamp, Alberto Giacometti, René Magritte, Man Ray, Joseph Cornell and Maya Deren through to more contemporary figures, among them; Louise Bourgeois, Rebecca Horn, Edward Kienholz and Rem Koolhaas. Designed by acclaimed young architects Carmody Groarke. For more information click here

Fashion show tickets available now

Tickets are now available from the main reception at Colchester Institute for the 2010 graduate fashion show at the Minories - 6pm & 8pm. tickets cost £6 each.

26 May 2010

YSL - Paris Exhibition

The first retrospective since Yves Saint Laurent's death in 2008 showcasing the designers first collection for Dior, in 1958, and a recreation of the studio where Saint Laurent worked. "Yves Saint Laurent" is at Petit Palais, Paris, until August 29th.

25 May 2010

Maison Martin Margiela '20’ The Exhibition

Somerset House is due to host Maison Martin Margiela ‘20’ The Exhibition running from 3rd June - 5th September, a major exhibition celebrating 20 years of one of contemporary fashion’s most influential and enigmatic designers. This ambitious, multi-layered exhibition captures Margiela’s unique aesthetic and vision, incorporating garments, installations, photography and film. This exhibition was initiated by the Fashion Museum Province of Antwerp and Maison Martin Margiela. Click here for more details.

Colchester student featured in YOU Magazine

Kitty Keay due to graduate this year has had a piece from her final collection photographed by Rankin and featured in the Mail on Sunday's YOU Magazine, click here to view the page. Well done Kitty!

19 May 2010

The Concise Dictionary of Dress 28th April - 27th June, Blythe House

The Concise Dictionary of Dress is a project conceived by a curator
of costume, Judith Clark and a writer and psychoanalyst, Adam
Phillips. The project is formed around eleven written definitions of
words, and eleven related visual displays clothing and clothingrelated
objects that have been placed within the various spaces of
Blythe House.
Blythe House is the storage facility of the Victoria and Albert
Museum. A five-storey Victorian building, it houses the V&A’s
collections of ceramics, textiles, furniture, and fashion when they are
not on display in the Museum.
The Concise Dictionary of Dress is experienced at Blythe House as a
walk through the building in groups of a maximum of seven people,
each group guided by a member of Artangel’s staff.
The tours will cover five floors, including a roof space, and will last
roughly an hour. Click here for more information and to book your ticket.

Colchester School of Art & Design Fashion & Textiles 2009

DVD from last years graduates

11 May 2010

Elephants are stampeding through London this spring as part of a charity fundraising event to support Asian elephants which are threatened with extinction. This innovative charity appeal is also touted to be the largest public art exhibition in the capital. The 250 fibreglass elephants are standing or sitting at various locations in central London until July when they will be auctioned off at Sotheby’s. Designers taking part in the event include Alice Temperley, Diane Von Furstenburg, John Rocha and Julien MacDonald and hundreds more. For more information click here

V&A Fashion in Motion Live Catwalk Events: Osman Yousefzada

Osman Yousefzada, rising star of the international fashion scene, is the focus of the V&A’s forthcoming Fashion in Motion. For one unique day in May, the designer will present a selection of pieces from his collections to date in a series of catwalk shows at the V&A’s Raphael Gallery.

Born in the UK to Afghan parents, Osman Yousefzada was inspired from an early age by his mother’s Birmingham dress making business, which influenced him to study Fashion Design at Central Saint Martins in London. The V&A has been a long-standing source of inspiration for the designer who was nominated for Designer of the Year in 2007.

Friday 21 May 2010
13.00, 15.00, 17.00 & 20.00

Admission to Fashion in Motion is FREE but booking is essential.
Tickets will be available to book from 10 May 2010.
To book call 0207 942 2820.

Alongside the Fashion in Motion shows, contemporary dancers will showcase the extraordinary way in which Osman’s designs move on the human form.

26 April 2010

Vintage fairs coming up...

Lots of vintage fairs happenning... there is one coming up at Clerkenwell email: info@clerkenwellfashionfair.co.uk also the vintage fashion fair

Coco Before Chanel

Reminder that we will be viewing this on Wednesday 28th April in L156 at 1pm - first come first serve.

20 April 2010


Rowan Yarns workshop this Friday 23rd April 9am - 12pm (1st years) & 1pm - 4pm (2nd years). Bring your own needles if you have any...

3rd year photo shoot 2010

Preparation for photoshoot of 3rd year final collections Friday 9th April. Watch this space for official photos...
Official photography by David Lam, Make up by MAC.