Katie Grand and Love Magazine joined Fashion at Central Saint Martins to say a fond farewell…
You might just have heard that we’re leaving our two original sites, Central School of Art’s Lethaby Building and St. Martin’s School of Art’s Charing Cross Road and moving to King’s Cross over the summer. Since 1939 the iconic Charing Cross Road building has seen influential artists and designers leave the school and make their marks the art and design world internationally.
Last Friday, Katie Grand, ex-student and Editor-in-Chief of LOVE Magazine and the School of Fashion toasted the old building and some 800 of its students from the last seventy years with a party. Guest DJs including Corrine of Swing Out Sister and Giles Deacon turned tables throughout the night in five studios and Bistrotheque’s David Waddington and Absolut vodka provided refreshments. There was a chance to cast a moist eye over images of catwalk shows, studios, staff and students across the decades and the illustration room was covered with stylish graffiti as Charing Cross Road stories were swopped.
At 11.00 Pulp played a surprise gig finishing with ‘Common People’ and a rousing singalong. As tears were mopped Jarvis Cocker reminded everyone that the spirit of Central Saint Martins was not in the buildings, but carried by the staff, students and alumni as they set up in their new King’s Cross building.
A night to remember!