YOURS De­sign star cuts rib­bon for course

South Wales Echo - - YOURS -

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.”

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