YOURS Design star cuts ribbon for course
INTERNATIONAL designer David Emanuel will be cutting a ribbon of a very different kind next week – when he launches a new fashion course in the city.
Emanuel, who famously designed Princess Diana’s wedding gown, is set to open the BA Hons course at Cardiff Metropolitian University.
The course will be based at the new fashion design studios at the university’s Cardiff School of Art & Design – the design school where Emanuel and fellow homegrown star designer Julien Macdonald once studied
Students on the degree course will gain key skills in the creative industries.
Irene Lee, programme director and principal lecturer, said she was thrilled to finally be opening the studios to the course’s first students.
She added: “The course is a very welcome final addition to the offering of Cardiff School of Art & Design, which has rich heritage and an established reputation within the creative industries.
“Our students will explore their individual talents through the professional design process, which creates freedom with constraints and reflectivity with spontaneity.
“Students I have taught have won numerous prestigious national and international awards and are now in influential roles within the industry at houses including Burberry, Erdem, Superdry, All Saints, Topshop, River Island, Harrods own label, Joules and Debenhams to name just a few.”
Professor Olwen Moseley, dean of Cardiff School of Art & Design, said: “We are honoured that David is giving us his time to inspire a new generation and be part of the new course from the beginning, especially with his connection to Cardiff Met and his Welsh roots.”
Emanuel, who was born in Bridgend, came to international prominence when he and former wife Elizabeth designed Princess Diana’s iconic wedding dress in 1981.
The fashion star said: “Having started my career here, and been given the fellowship, this is a wonderful new chapter in the story, and I am truly honoured.”