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Fashion Central Saint Martins

Cally Blackman, Hywel Davies

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Celebrating the most famous and influential fashion school in the world

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Celebrating the most famous and influential fashion school in the world, Fashion Central Saint Martins is filled with never-before-seen student work by and exclusive interviews with talented graduates who have gone on to become the biggest names in fashion. Discover a treasure trove of early sketches, first student collections and fashion shoots by designers such as Hussein Chalayan, John Galliano, Stephen Jones, Dior’s Kim Jones, Christopher Kane, Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen, Phoebe Philo, Gareth Pugh, and Burberry’s Riccardo Tisci, journalists like Vogue’s Hamish Bowles and stylists such as LOVE magazine’s Katie Grand. Learn all about their defining memories of the fashion school, favourite characters, inspirational teachers, and words of wisdom on everything a budding fashion designer, or aspiring fashion student, needs to know to forge their own path.

Edited by the school’s Programme Director of Fashion, Hywel Davies, and Cally Blackman, lecturer in Fashion History and Theory, Fashion Central Saint Martins follows the school’s history from 1931 to today, with an initial chapter dedicated to its early years (1930s to 1960s), followed by chapters dedicated to each subsequent decade. Packed with profiles of key alumni alongside photography of their student work, and peppered with essays by guest-writers, this book will delight all fans and students of fashion.

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'A celebration of the rich 87-year history of one of the world’s most famous fashion schools'
Vogue International

' Looks at Central Saint Martins' history since its inception in 1931, via in-depth studies of its graduates, their previously unseen student work and exclusive interviews '

'Compiles profiles for key alumni, memories from their time at fashion school, their inspirational teachers, guest essays and sage words for aspiring fashion students'

'A super book: young, fresh, engaging'
The Business of Fashion

'A bold, collaged and archival amble through the art school’s fashion history … an intimate insight into the student lives of some of fashion’s most important figures today'

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 30.0 x 22.0 cm

Extent: 272 pp

Illustrations: 700

Publication date: 5 September 2019

ISBN: 9780500293713

About the Author

Hywel Davies is Programme Director Fashion at Central Saint Martins. He is the author of Modern Menswear, 00 New Fashion Designers, British Fashion Designers and Fashion Designers’ Sketchbooks, and Director of Writers’ Bloc Ltd, a digital agency connecting brands and fashion writers. After studying BA Fashion Communication and Promotion at Central Saint Martins, Davies worked for a variety of magazines and newspapers. He was fashion editor at Sleazenation and has written for GQ Style, Vogue, ELLE, Wallpaper*, Nylon, Dazed & Confused, Grafik, Time Out, Tank, the Guardian, the Sunday Telegraph, the Financial Times, the Observer, the Independent and SHOWstudio.