Class Action: The Fashion Brands Training Tomorrow’s Artisans

Brunello Cucinelli cashmere artisans | Source: Studio di Sante Castignani

Struggling to recruit skilled craftsmen, fashion companies have moved to tackle the deficit, launching new schools to train the next generation. BoF brings you a look at how these brands are preserving their craft, courtesy of Wallpaper* magazine.

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Top 6 CSM BA Graduates of 2014

From top, left to right: Ayaka Sakurai, Kiko Kostadinov, Grace Wales Bonner, Daniele Toneatti, Mascha Rotermund, Sang Yoon | Photos: Shahriyar Ahmed for BoF

A week ago, they presented their graduate collections at the Central Saint Martins BA runway show. Today, BoF spotlights the famed school’s most promising graduate designers of the year.

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Students At Work

Susie Bubble wearing Beth Postle | Source: Style Du Monde

While still at school, fashion students are increasingly working with brands and retailers to earn valuable experience and build their profiles. Meanwhile, brands and retailers, as well as the fashion media, are seeking to unearth and tap the raw creativity of undiscovered talents at a younger age. Susie Bubble reports.

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The Burgeoning Business of Fashion Education

Students in a fashion forecasting class at The Condé Nast College | Source: Condé Nast

A career in fashion is a more visible and viable option than ever before. As a result, interest in fashion education is booming and a range of institutions, from design colleges to business schools, are seizing the opportunity.

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#BoFLive | Tory Burch Says “No Need to Apologise for Being Ambitious”

Yesterday evening at London’s Central Saint Martins, Imran Amed sat down with American fashion designer and entrepreneur Tory Burch to discuss her personal and professional journey, from launching her company out of a New York apartment to building one of the hottest “accessible luxury” brands in the world.

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Top 6 Graduate Designers from CSM’s BA Fashion Show

Min Nan Hui, Giacomo Cavallari, Yuki Hagino, Roni Ilan, Nathaniel Lyles and Charles Jeffrey | Photo: Shahriyar Ahmed for BoF

One week ago, select graduates from London’s Central Saint Martins BA Fashion course presented their final collections in a high-energy runway show staged in the school’s grand entrance hall. BoF speaks to the top six designers to watch.

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BoF Exclusive | Robin Derrick Speaks to CSM’s New Magazine, 1Granary

Robin Derrick with Kate Moss | Photo: Marc Quinn

To mark the launch of 1Granary, a new title produced by the students of London’s Central Saint Martins, BoF brings you an exclusive excerpt from the magazine’s interview with creative director and Saint Martins alumnus Robin Derrick.

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Graduates From Fashion’s “Cradle” of Talent Chase Elusive Dream

LONDON, United Kingdom -- As London Fashion Week closes, Britain's budding designers must tackle the challenge of finding employment in an economy where most recent university graduates are struggling for work and in an industry that is notoriously competitive. London has a reputation as a cradle of new fashion talent, with the Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design boasting an illustrious list of alumni including Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, Christopher Kane and John Galliano. The London-based school showcases its graduate talent every year in a show for fashion week, luring headhunters looking for up-and-coming talent to offer their labels. A lucky few will be tapped on the shoulder for positions at top brands. But most will have to…

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