Last year, some fortunate fashion students at Central Saint Martins had the chance of a lifetime when Alexander McQueen enlisted their support in helping to make their collection of Spring 2020.
The Look 10, worn by British model Stella Tennant, consisted of a white sleeveless midi dress featuring abstract line drawings of "dancing ladies" created by the above students. (All student's names were credited in the show notes.)
The students' dancing girl sketches were made on long white sheets during a life-drawing class led by fashion illustrator Julie Verhoeven at the London brand's flagship store.
Subsequently, artistic director Sarah Burton hired the entire McQueen team to hand-embroider and lace a single ivory linen dress over the drawings.
The Stitch School, a charity that fosters community through needlework, has provided specialist tables and looms for the teams in London and Paris so that each person can contribute to creating this look.
Tennant's dress went on to inspire the Look 12 embroidery of dancing girls: a linen dress in blue with an open neckline and short bulbous sleeves.
Burton championed this season with the school kids and her whole team working on this outfit, it all added to the sense group spirit and cohesiveness. As she wrote back then in her show notes, "I love the idea that people have the time to do things together, the time to meet and talk together, the time to reconnect to the world."
This opportunity given to London Central Saint Martins students is truly important as most now-famous designers once started their career as interns. Rick Owens, after graduating from high school, moved to Los Angeles for two years to study art at Otis College of Art and Design, before taking training in pattern making and draping at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College.