Visiting students from Nottingham Trent, it was lovely to have you here!
We were graced with the presence of four young ladies from Nottingham Trent Univeristy, who were the recipients of the annual award given out by British Fashion Designer, Paul Smith (who is Big in Japan). They were invited to come to Japan and stay for 6 weeks, hosted by Bunka Gakuen. They were put up the the lovely student house in Honancho (sorry about the hissing cockroaches, girls. I really, realllllly am sorry!). After spending a few days in the school, attending classes, seeing fashion shows, etc. they embarked on their own adventure down to Kyoto and Osaka, and wandered around the streets of Tokyo. I took a couple of them to Nippori, to shop for fabric, and the others? Adventure.
It was suddenly decided that they would sit in on my class, so I decided to give them a bit of a challenge- I presented them with numerous bolts of summery Yukata fabric, and asked them to make whatever they liked out of it. None of them had actually much experience with sewing garments before, but I forced them (lovingly) to try it anyways. I was excited to see how their textile background would come into their final designs.
Claire Bradshaw – MA Textile Design Innovation
Emilia (Milly) Pancheri – MA Fashion Knitwear Design
Cassie Anne Worman – MA Textile Design Innovation
Louise Coleman – MA Textile Design Innovation
At G-Process, the laser cutter and glassmaker.
Weaving class with Yoneyama Sensei and Yumoto Sensei
It was great meeting you all! Good luck with your MAs, and come back to Tokyo any time :D! Keep in touch.
You know that my students are eligible for a scholarship to go to England and study at Nottingham…..right? I’ll give you more info next year.
- Nottingham Trent University (savilerowtraining.wordpress.com)
- Street style… (livlilychambers.wordpress.com)