Recently I had the opportunity to be invited a guest blogger on the Fashion Undressed project with Master Card at South Bank London. Southbank Centre has teamed up with MasterCard in a new partnership, FashionUndressed with MasterCard. This festival puts the ordinary person at the heart of fashion by exploring the distinctive, diverse and inventive style of people from all walks of life and investigating the influence of epoch-defining fashion movements on our everyday lives.Fashion Undressed with MasterCard is a two-year partnership featuring the first ever dedicated fashion weekend at the arts venue in July (23-24) and major fashion events during three Southbank Centre flagship festivals: Alchemy (20 -30 May), Africa Utopia (31 August – 4 September) and Being a Man (25 -27 November).
The partnership builds on the 5 year-long collaboration between Southbank Centre and and opens up the world of fashion to everyone through a series of exhibitions and performances, runway shows and pop-up shops showcasing the work of local and emerging designers.
Fashion Undressed debuts at this year’s Alchemy, Southbank Centre’s festival of South Asian arts and culture, on Saturday 28 May. Taking a look at style influences from the Indian Subcontinent, events include How to Style a Sari and Young Asian and Breaking the Mould. The highlight of the programme is a runway show displaying brand new designs and drawing on the cross-cultural influences of South Asia and UK.
Fashion Undressed takes over the Southbank Centre site for the art centre’s first ever dedicated fashion weekend from 23 – 24 July with major indoor and outdoor fashion shows. The programme includes practical sessions on fashion, exhibitions and debates exploring the complex interplay between fashion and art, and a series of performances celebrating fashion in all its forms.
I attended the LIVE FASHION: BEHIND THE CATWALK session 4 workshop this month. It was lovely to see students receive hands on practical styling skills. Students learned the in’s and out’s of dressing models for a live fashion show. I had the opportunity to meet the lovely duo from Nor White Nor Black and was really fascinated by their story and passion towards what they do. It just goes on to show that if you strongly believe in something, the universe just aligns itself to make it happen for you.
As part of the workshop the students had the opportunity to dress a real model and do a mini fashion show. It was a great learning experience for the students as they had a chance to interact with experienced models and top designers.
Finally it all culminated into a live catwalk show, where students had a chance to put their skills to work and take part in a fashion-packed weekend of culture and style.
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