Fashion designer & SFX Alumni Harold Kensington returned to SFX yesterday to meet with current UAL Art & Design students.
Harold previously studied a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design, graduating with a triple Distinction*. Harold reminisced on his time at SFX, thanking Mr Roberts for the advice he gave as a tutor and telling students about his determination to achieve the Distinction* and the hard work he had to put in to make it happen. He explained how the work and research used in his assignments at sixth form contributed to and influenced his work at university – Harold went on to achieve a 1st class degree in Fashion Design and Technology at London College of Fashion.
Harold talked through his career so far and explained how one role led on to the next – working as a Design Assistant for Holly Futon, a Junior Designer at Diane Von Furstenburg, a Design Assistant at Céline, Design Consultant at Theory and finally as Senior Womenswear Designer with Kanye West at Yeezy. Harold emphasised to the students the importance of making the most of every opportunity, as you can learn from each experience and apply what you learn later on, “you never know what you might gain from being there”. He advised on how to make yourself stand out when applying for degrees, apprenticeships or jobs; to show passion beyond the classroom and take as many job opportunities as you can – even if small – as these can act as a step up to something bigger.
Harold showed the students his university project, talking through each stage of research and design that led up to his final collection. He then showed his latest unisex collection AEROLD which he has developed under his own brand.
Harold with Mr Roberts and Art & Design students
Speaking after his visit, Harold said “It was absolutely a pleasure for me to be there to share my experience. I had the benefit of such a great course directed by Steve Roberts, I truly benefit and still benefit from his vision! Looking forward to the success of every student on the course as there is a lot to be gained.”
We are hoping Harold will be able to return to SFX later in the year to work with the students on their project designs and give practical demonstrations in pattern cutting and sewing.