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UAL x Wool4School: Fashion Design competition

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Keren's submission showing clothing line in action.
Keren's submission showing clothing line in action.

Written by
Mariana Jaureguilorda Beltran
Published date
20 September 2021

This one is for all the budding fashion designers out there!

Wool4School is an annual student design competition encouraging budding fashion designers to show their nation what they're made of. We partnered with Wool4School to award winners a summer Short Course in London. The competition looks to encourage future fashion designers to think innovatively and creatively. First launched in Australia in 2012, Wool4School now involves over 100,00 students worldwide.

The winners, Keren Sondi (19/20) and Jan Reanne Quines (20/21) joined us on campus this summer and told us all about their experience.

Keren Sondi at LCF.

Keren Sondi (18) from Greenford High School designed and submitted a sportswear collection aimed at empowering women to get active.

“It was a bit like an Iron Man’s suit. I wasn’t expecting to win, it was something I did for fun. I went a bit crazy with it – it had sensors woven throughout that would critique your performance as you are working out and that would scan your body to see your development as you go through your fitness journey,”

Keren was inspired by her favourite artist, Frida Kahlo, her female empowerment and distinctive style.

"The course is quite challenging and complicated but I’m enjoying it. My favourite thing was learning about asymmetric dots. The tutor, Annie is amazing. She tries her best to explain things as clear as she possibly can."

With no pattern cutting and sewing background, Keren chose the Womenswear Pattern Cutting Intensive Short Course to develop her skills before starting her foundation year. Keren hopes her skills learnt will help her achieve her fashion design dreams.

“I’m glad I’m doing it now before my foundation year. The work I produce here will hopefully get me onto a Fashion BA.”

Jan Reanne Quines (19) from Tendring Technology College submitted a versatile, protective and functional outfit to aid in commuting and travelling.

“The outfit included a pair of joggers, shoes, a jacket and a backpack. The elements appeal to the wearer. The materials are durable, soft and, reflective so that they can easily be seen during night time.”

Jan's submission showing the outfit.

Jan’s designs focused on durable materials and technology features such as a GPS, and a temperature checker. She drew some inspiration from her favourite K-Pop band, ASTRO.

She decided to join the Fashion Drawing Short Course to gain all the necessary skills before starting her fashion design BA.

"I would recommend this course because it’s not just fashion drawing, it’s also about expressing and finding your style. You don’t need to be good at drawing. Studying at CSM is great. I met people with the same interests and it’s helping me develop my skills," she said.

If you’re keen to see how a short course can support your current practice or get you started on an entirely new venture, visit our upcoming short courses information page to see the full range of short courses we are running over the coming months.

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