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Cool Hunting for 16 to 18 years olds

Cool Hunting for 16 to 18 years olds

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Alexis Gane


An introduction to cool hunting and trend research for fashion using London as a source of inspiration. This is an increasingly crucial area for many large companies, fashion designers, stylists, makers and the fashion industry in general. If you are eager to learn about the emergence of trends and explore London's role in influencing trends worldwide, this course is a must.

This course is also ideal for those who are unfamiliar with London and wish to explore some of the key cultural aspects of the capital that inform and reflect fashion trends.

Topics covered

  • We will visit key areas of London where trend prediction teams seek out the 'new' and 'underground', such as trendy markets and vintage clothing retailers.
  • We will explore the culture and influences that help to shape and reflect new trends: new designers and artists, cutting-edge magazines, contemporary exhibitions and street fashion.
  • You will be shown how to use the CSM library and source material.
  • You will be encouraged to develop your fashion research and communication skills by researching websites and blogs, taking photographs, keeping a journal and discussing your ideas and findings with your colleagues.

Who should take this course?

  • Students wishing to learn more about cool hunting, fashion trends and communication should benefit from the course.
  • Anyone wanting to explore the emergence of trends and trendy places around London’s cultural scene.

Entry requirements: None

Level: Beginners

Please note: This course is for students aged 16 to 18 years old only

Tutor Description

Alexis is a print designer, womenswear designer and product development specialist, with over 10 years of experience working within the fashion industry.

After graduating with a BA (hons) in Womenswear Design from Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication, she has worked for brands in both London and Paris. Names including Eley Kishimoto, Antipodium, Topshop Unique and Guy Laroche. 

Whilst working as a designer, she also honed her skills into the realm of product development. Working creatively with technical teams and with a natural instinct for fabric selection, she helps to ensure collections maximise their potential.

Currently she is working for Ninety Percent, a brand whose focus is on sustainability and ethics. Trying to make better choices for the planet at design level, with innovative fabric developments, slow design features, and considered trims.


Please bring with you to each class:

  • Camera or Phone with built in camera
  • Pen/Pencil and a notebook
  • Travelcard or Oyster card which is already topped up
  • Shoes that you can walk in
  • Suitable clothes for the climate.

Available dates

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