August 20 2014

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Goodbye To All That: Hussein Chalayan On His Memories of Central Saint Martins


This month, London’s Central Saint Martins school—one of the globe’s best fashion training grounds—leaves its long-held Charing Cross Road building and moves to a new complex on Kings Cross. reporter Katharine Zarrella spoke with some of the school’s most distinguished alumni about their memories of the Soho space, running throughout the week. Today, Hussein Chalayan shares his Saint Martins experience.

Hussein Chalayan: BA Fashion, 1993

“My favorite memory is Dave’s Bar, where everyone emotionally and physically were at their most visible. In hindsight, the biggest fun was probably how hard we were all whipped by my artist friend Robert Clark’s wit, who worked behind the bar at Dave’s. He’s still a friend now… But the most important aspect of Saint Martins for me was really about the differences in the variety of the students given a place on the course. The differences in students created a really diverse environment and fellow students’ comments about each other’s work sometimes mattered more than some of the tutors’. The other big point for me was that Saint Martins was really an art school where fashion happened to be a department in it. I had a lot of interaction with people from the fine art and sculpture departments, which really affected my outlook.”

Pictured above:Chalayan as a student at CSM; A look from Chalayan’s Central Saint Martins graduate collection.

Photos: Courtesy of CSM