The Course will start in September 2016 subject to validation.
It is essential in this time of creative ambiguity that we develop and empower the individual. Therefore, this entrepreneurial menswear MA will recruit ambitiously envisioned designers to work on their creative expression through personal research, process development and informed professionalism.
This Course is delivered by the most inspiring and informed menswear design professionals. The Team provide a learning environment that is supportive, challenging and defined by students’ application proposals in relation to either a projected or existing opportunity within menswear or the design related industries. Through self-directed and set projects students will generate original and contextualised ideas, technique and process that establishes them as influential and informed menswear design professional capable of working at the highest levels of the international menswear and design related industry.
In order to define a sustainable career path and effect influence upon fashion, whose boundary is subject to social, economic, cultural & technological flux, it is important for our students to establish their aspirations within the global design context.
The taught project-based curriculum will progressively develop students’ confidence in an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary context that encourages imaginative, practical and theoretical knowledge to the highest level of strategic and tactical competence.
Year one: Formative: Self-directed and industry related work aimed at establishing a diagnostic, reflexive and critical approach that establishes each student’s potential.
Year two: Summative: Self-directed with essential industry related work aimed at developing the highest level of creative thinking, specialised process and professionalism aligned to students’ individual aspirations.
Ike Rust – Course Director
Previously Head of Menswear at the Royal College of Art, Ike is a design academic with experience of developing international fashion brands and instigating the most influential curricula at the top universities of art and design.
He is renowned for producing the most innovative and professional fashion design thinkers including James Long, Katie Eary, Aitor Throup, Mason Jung, Astrid Andersen, Matthew Miller, Hiroaki Kanai, Alex Mullins and in tandem with Westminster Fashion, Liam Hodges. All of who are the ‘Bright Young Things’ of the recently formed London Collections Men.
Simon Foxton is one of Britain's leading menswear stylists. Renowned for his unique style and formative work with photographer Nick Knight he has made multiple contributions to magazines including i-D, The Face, Arena, Arena Homme Plus, Fantastic Man, Vogue Hommes International, Details, W, GQ Style and Big Magazine.
His work is represented in collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum and Tate Modern. He is currently creative consultant to the Italian menswear brand Stone Island.
London-based Matthew Miller made his debut in 2011 and has become renowned for his unique aesthetic that combines classic tailoring and functional sportswear. While rooted in the political and ideological his collections retain a sense of versatility with emphasis on cut and fabric tactility. Miller sees the wearer as integral to a garment’s worth and, therefore, integral to the inherent character of each piece. He has undertaken several collaborations including Timberland, Ben Sherman and G-Shock
British menswear designer James Long established his brand in 2008 after graduating from the Royal College of Art and is currently one of the inaugural designers to show his eponymous independent brand at London collection men. The brand is considered one of the highlights of the new wave of contemporary brands showing at LCM. James has recently been appointed Creative Director of Menswear at the Italian brand Iceberg.
Rosie is a graduate of Central Saint Martins and the Royal College of Art. She has over 13 years’ experience in the fashion industry, which includes creating showpieces for Alexander McQueen and as menswear designer for Tommy Hilfiger and Topman. She was Senior Menswear Technician at the RCA for six years where she was responsible for ensuring students had the technical know-how and professionalism necessary to realise their design ideas. With excellent technical knowledge ranging from tailoring to knitwear construction, Rosie also works for select industry clients on a freelance basis.
Liam Hodges, a Kent boy originally, is interested in expressive polysyllabic masculinity and creating a luxury brand that is for people who live for the week, not the weekend. His signature style is big garish shapes and hardwearing workwear detailing communicated through a strong graphic language communicated on oversized t-shirts and knitwear. Liam has won the support of titles including Another Man, i-D, Interview, GQ Style, Dansk, Vogue Japan, Wonderland, Rollacoaster, Vogue Italy, Hypebeast, Complex, SHOWstudio, 7th Man, STYLE.com, Sang Bleu and Fucking Young to name a few. His designs have been worn by Drake, FKA Twigs and Big Sean.
At Westminster, we have always believed that your University experience should be designed to enhance your professional life. Today’s organisations need graduates with both good degrees and employability skills, and we are committed to enhancing your graduate employability by ensuring that career development skills are embedded in all courses.
Opportunities for part-time work, placements and work-related learning activities are widely available, and can provide you with extra cash and help you to demonstrate that you have the skills employers are looking for. In London there is a plentiful supply of part-time work – most students at the University of Westminster
work part time (or full time during vacations) to help support their studies.
We continue to widen and strengthen our links with employers, involving them in curriculum design and encouraging their participation in other aspects of career education and guidance. Staff take into account the latest data on labour market trends and employers’ requirements to continually improve the service delivered to students.
We welcome applications from individuals who have either a first or upper second-class Honours degree in fashion, textiles or design related subject areas, or the professional experience that demonstrates an equivalent knowledge and commitment to study for an Honours degree.