What do Michael Van Der Ham, David Koma, Alexander McQueen and Rifat Ozbek have in common?


This is no joke.

There is no punchline.

Koma, Van Der Ham, McQueen and Ozbek all graduated from Central Saint Martin.

Central Saint who? You ask.

Wash your mouth out with Karl Lagerfeld Soap!!

Central Saint Martin has turned out so many notable UK designers that it’s fair to say that they have done for fashion what Harvard and Stanford have done for business.

They are the business; in fashion.

Rumour has it that so confident are they [Central Saint Martins] about their credentials they don’t even man their stands at University fairs. They simply leave a display with a list of past graduates.

Who can blame them?

Some of their Alumni (in case you were wondering);

Hussein Chalayan

John Galliano

Christopher Kane

Bruce Oldfield

Matthew Williamson

Paul Smith

Zac Posen

Jenny Packham

Stella McCartney

Alexander McQueen

Impressive, yes?

So what’s this got to do with Van Der Ham and Koma?

They, along with Holly Fulton (Edinburgh College of Art and The Royal College of Art) have been awarded Fashion Forward support sponsored by eBay Fashion and the Mayor of London for two consecutive seasons, from AW13. Fashion Forward was first established in 2009 to help provide funding to talented emerging British designers to show and develop their businesses in London.  To be eligible, designers will either have progressed through NEWGEN or be at a similar stage in their business. London Fashion Week is the most creative and dynamic event on the international fashion calendar promoting established and emerging British design talent to a global audience.

Fashion Forward applicants are judged by a panel of key industry representatives including Caroline Rush, Chief Executive, BFC; Anna Orsini, Strategic Consultant, BFC; Melanie Smallwood, Head of eBay Fashion Brands; Sarah Mower MBE; Paula Reed, Harvey Nichols; Oscar Pinto; Hervia Bazaar; Caroline Issa, Tank Magazine.

Good on them; now show me what they’ve got

Feast on these my pretties.

David Koma

Koma studied both his BA and MA at Central Saint Martins.


Holly Fulton

Born in Edinburgh, Holly studied at Edinburgh College of Art and The Royal College of Art .


Michael Van Der Ham

Born in The Netherlands. Michael graduated from the MA fashion course at Central Saint Martins. He has worked at Sophia Kokosalaki and Alexander McQueen

Something to look forwards to?

Mais oui!

About The Author

Self confessed workaholic, serial entrepreneur, fashion fiend, fitness freak, and mom of 2; Dinah is the Editor of 72M Magazine, owner of The Freperie, and proudly INTJ!

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