Sir Paul Smith giver gode råd til KADK's kommende designere

Uddannelse og studieliv

Den 26. april var modeindustriens grand old man Sir Paul Smith i København for at åbne en ny butik. I den anledning lagde han vejen forbi KADK for at holde et foredrag for de designstuderende, og dele ud af sin mangeårige erfaring i branchen. 

Sir Paul Smith holdt foredrag for et fuldt auditorium

Vi fik lov til at stille Sir Paul et par spørgsmål, og her kan du læse hans gode råd til morgendagens designere. 

Today you are giving a lecture for design students. If you could give just one advise to a young designer just starting out, what would it be?

I think I’m a bit biased, but I do think that having hands-on experience is very important. Try and get as much experience of working in the industry as possible – if that means working in a shop selling clothes in your spare time, then do it. I started off in a tiny three metres by three metres space in the basement of a shop in Nottingham and it’s all grown from there. Also “never assume”, it’s the company motto and has saved the business from A LOT of scrapes!

KADK is devoting the next three years to developing design and architecture that can contribute to a more sustainable world. Between 2016 and 2019 all graduation projects in the architecture and design programmes will relate to the global goals. How do you see designers contributing to a more sustainable world?

It’s all about acting responsibly. I’ve worked in the fashion industry for over forty years. There has never been more people fishing from the same pond, the market is more competitive than ever before. This means there is a massive amount of oversupply and lots of waste. I’ve always tried to design clothes that can really be worn and loved. Then for the customers it’s about thinking carefully before buying something, just because there’s lots of choice and a lot of it is cheap, doesn’t mean you have to buy it all. Buy good quality clothes, well-produced clothes and you’ll get a lot more use out of them.

Do you, as a fashion designer, have an advice for the students working with projects on sustainable fashion? 

Have a point of view. Right now, with the industry as crowded as it is, no-one needs another designer so you have to give people a reason to be interested in you. If you’re serious about sustainability, make sure that’s your focus and use it to differentiate yourself from everyone else out there.

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