Christian Cowan-Sanluis

Christian started showing his own collections off-schedule during London Fashion Week whist still a student in his first year, studying BA (Hons) FDT Womenswear at LCF.

How did you set up your own label?

I started by assisting a lot during my school holidays and then doing commissions for shoots. So then I decided I would make a collection and then its gone from there!

Why did you choose LCF?

LCF is known for its amazing facilities and I think that was what attracted me most; I wanted to have a range of opportunities. I've also really loved all the competitions.

And why BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear?

My designs are quite flamboyant and very feminine usually so it just made sense; it's what I always have ideas for.

Tell me about your experience of the course?

Well, it's only been two terms so far, but I've really thrown myself in with all the machinists and tutors; everyone is always there to help, which is great.

What are your highlights?

When I got through two of the competitions, I got to show two looks at the V&A: Fashion in Motion show and I was also featured in i-D magazine!

What are the facilities like at LCF?

Really great; I sign up for every induction and I always have help on machines I've never used before.

And what are LCF staff like?

They are supportive of my work which is great, I know my tutors are understanding of me doing uni and my collections. They give me great guidance and push me to do my best.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to study womenswear?

Just to do what you want and not design like you think you should. And to do short courses!

What is next for your brand?

I'm working on a few commissions and projects right now that I'm excited about. I will also be starting on the next collection soon, which I want to make bigger and better! I also want to build up more press and also move into sales in the near future.