HEADWEAR designer Lauren Martin gave A Level textiles students an insight into life in the fashion industry at King’s Ely this week while holding workshops for the aspiring young designers.

Working with high profile designers such as Jane Taylor and Philip Treacy OBE, famous for creating hats for the likes of Lady Gaga and the Harry Potter films, Lauren has produced sculptural headwear designs for legendary fashion icons such as Michael Jackson and guests at last year’s Royal Wedding.

“Lauren said that she was extremely impressed with the work that the students have produced and their high level of commitment to the area of fashion and textiles,” reflected Director of Art, Alison Rhodes, who invited Lauren into the school after her enthusiastic remarks about designs on display at the art department’s fashion exhibition at Kensington Olympia in London.

“She felt their subject knowledge was well developed and their approach to project requirements was meticulous.”

Lauren commented: “I felt very privileged to have the chance to teach a workshop at King’s Ely this week. The fashion and textiles work that I saw at Kensington Olympia was of such a high standard that I was intrigued to see where it all came from and the staff and students behind it.

“The students’ willingness to experiment with new materials was inspiring to watch and it was evident that the creative processes demonstrated to me were the result of teaching in an environment that encourages individuality. All of them had a fantastic attitude, which should set them in good stead for their next adventures in education.

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