Students learn from OB Fashion graduate

On Tuesday the Bedales fashion department was visited by Alexis Housden, winner of the prestigious London College of Fashion, Collection of the Year award. Alexis studied at Bedales in the late nineties and early noughties. He then continued to study Art History and Italian, however after completing his studies he decided to study a Fashion Foundation and a Further Menswear degree at the London College of Fashion. Having completed this degree he came back to see his old school and to enlighten the students as to the ways of the fashion world.

Having talked us through his experiences at fashion college, including numerous interesting anecdotes, facts and useful tips, Alexis showed us some examples of his graduate collection. Alexis’ approach to the art of embroidery was truly eye opening; this ancient technique is used throughout his work in an enlightened contemporary manner. The use of this historic, hand crafted, skilled process in contemporary fashion creates very new images, textures and techniques. He explained how head, hand and heart are still very much at the centre of his practice.

Alexis answered many questions and showed us exactly what a fashion degree was about. Needless to say fashion is not for the faint hearted and Alexis showed us that. The experience was educative and inspiring.

Alexis Housden visits Bedales


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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