Published on May 8, 2013 | by Nina Reschovsky

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Phaidon praise fashionable UAL alumni

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What do Stella McCartney, John Galliano, Christopher Kane and Alexander McQueen all have in common? Other than being internationally-acclaimed fashion designers, they all call University of the Arts London (UAL) their alma mater.

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A runway model in Stella McCartney [image: Megan Tintari]

They are not alone on the list of notable UAL alumni. Nearly a quarter of the contemporary designers and curators featured in publisher Phaidon’s new book – Pattern: 100 Fashion Designers, 10 Curators – are former UAL alumni. The book was launched at London Fashion Week 2013.

To compile fashion’s newest reference book, Phaidon asked ten industry experts, including well-known stylists, designers, editors and professors, to each select ten contemporary designers they deemed the most groundbreaking.

Dubbed “the epitome of modern cool” by the Evening Standard, and a book “fashion lovers will devour” by beso, Pattern: 100 Fashion Designers, 10 Curators demonstrates just how relevant UAL is in the fashion world.

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The 400-page book consists of sketches, computer renderings and backstage photos from each of its 110 subjects. It aims to explain the process behind seasonal collections and exhibit  previously unseen material.

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“The mixture of fine art disciplines with fashion and textiles has created a unique environment in which to nurture and grow talent,” said Heather Sproat, lecturer of BA Fashion at Central Saint Martins, when asked why CSM has so many successful alumni.

“The legacy of the years spent in Soho, gathering talent from all over the world and simmering it in a liberated and expressive environment has allowed a culture of infinite possibilities to percolate through to the foundations of the course.”

Students are also inspired and motivated by the alumni.

“It’s really nice to see that people from the same foundations are succeeding on such a large scale,” said Riah Naief, a third year design student at LCC.

“It gives students a drive. It creates a bit of healthy competition as well, because that’s quite a lot of students to all come from the same university.”

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