Studying at CANDI is in ‘Vogue’

Aries and Hillier Vogue

City and Islington College students took part in a fashion photoshoot with two top designer brands and later featured in glossy magazine Vogue.

The group of 25 A Level students were photographed modelling clothes and jewellery they had created as part of a four-day workshop with labels Hillier Bartley and Aries.

Hillier Bartley, famous for its trademark paperclip earring, has recently collaborated with Aries and wanted to celebrate this partnership by supporting arts education in Britain.

The students took part in various creative activities at the college, including T-shirt printing, jewellery making and photography, before posing for acclaimed photographer Clare Shilland.

Student Jessica Tunks said: “The opportunity gave us a really in depth insight into the industry as we explored all the different areas of it. 

“We were given the chance to explore the planning, experimentation, designing, photographing, modelling, and advertising stages of the process. Having the chance to engage in such a practical way was really beneficial and unlike any opportunity I’ve seen anywhere else.”

The photographs featured in a book designed by Jonny Lu, Art Director at Jonny Lu Studio, which was presented to each of the students who also got to keep their designs. 

The project also caught the eye of Vogue, which featured an article and images of the CANDI students. Read the full article here.

In the article, Aries founder Sofia Prantera, said:  “We decided it was important not to have a casting process but to encourage all students to come forward, regardless of the subjects they studied, and to allow them to fit in whichever way felt more comfortable to them.

“But we knew we wanted to photograph young adults who would be representative of the diversity we have in London schools.”

Jo Bishop, Co-ordinator of Careers at CANDI, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for our students to work with two such high profile fashion brands. They gained a real insight into the industry and now have real experience of working on a photoshoot.” 

Read about the Aries Hillier Bartley Project Based Learning experience here

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