One day a week I go into the local Arts School and teach fashion. It’s a great change of pace to my normal working week which takes place at home, in my basement studio, just off the kitchen where the good stuff like tea and biscuits happens.
It’s the one day when I think about what I’m going to wear too - I feel it’s important to wear something that’s been thought about a little - after all, the students are looking to me to inform them in the lessons, so shouldn’t the clothing be a little more interesting than what they can see in New Look or Top Shop in our small seaside town?
We’re SO starved for choices in clothing here - but there is a HUGE array of charity and vintage stores to rummage through, and this should make our students experimental thrifty souls but alas - the fashion students are always amongst the most conservative, mainstream shoppers about. Gone are the days when they’d rip up a parent’s shirt and customise it to become a dress…fashion students in our small seaside town seem to just wear whatever the closest edition of Heat magazine tells them to wear…jeggings and graphic T’s abound. Is this because buying clothes is so cheap now, or is it that they lack imagination?
I know if I was studying a pattern cutting course right now, I’d be whipping up new clothes at the weekend - keen to practice what skills I’d learnt, but this seems to be a whimsical far off dream…
What do you think? Is it laziness or lack of confidence?