LCF designers Tara and Emma have been working with Global Mamas in Ghana to develop designs for the online boutique Exclusive Roots. I’ll be travelling out to Durban South Africa tonight to meet with all ten designers and the producers they have been working with so check back next week for more images. Here are a few of Tara and Emma’s pics…
A posting from Global Mamas
Last week, ten London College of Fashion students and graduates flew out to Africa to spend a month working in small businesses and cooperatives to develop their design skills. This opportunity has been enabled by the charity Tabeisa, who work across South Africa and Ghana to develop the opportunities of these businesses. Mighel Critten, a recent graduate of BA Fashion Design Technology, is working with Privaling, a small cooperative in Cape Town. This is the first posting from his journal, describing his first three days.
First day with Priviling.
Heading to the business I will be working with for the next month I was a little apprehensive. On the surface of things, we pulled up into a shanty town, I’d never seen a shanty town before, obviously on TV, in movies, read about them in newspapers, but this was my first, or townships as they are refered to here. The sea of houses made of corrugated iron, all rusting, seeming to be falling apart, yet well kept, organised yet chaotic all at the same time. Other than these obvious things whether people working out of an old shipping container, with no electricity, would be able to produce fashionable products for the western market. (more…)
The Centre for Sustainable Fashion has been given an amazing opportunity to send 10 students to South Africa or Ghana to work with cooperatives developing designs for retail in conjunction with development charity Tabeisa and online store Exclusive Roots. The scholarships are for one month during August 2008.
The opportunity is open to clothing, accessories, textiles and product designers, both undergrads and graduates or LCF only I’m afraid.
Download brief to apply.
Dresses by Julia Smith