Budding designers at King’s Ely enjoy masterclass with José Hendo

Tuesday 18 December 2018

Fashion and Design students at King’s Ely were able to pick up tips and advice from award-winning designer José Hendo.

The exciting masterclass saw José teaching A Level Fashion and Design students how to create striking sculptural accessory designs using Barkcloth and Sinamay. The workshop proved to be a fantastic opportunity for the young designers to explore and develop new ideas, resulting in a highly inventive range of headwear and neckwear designs being created.

Speaking about her visit to King’s Ely, José said: “All of the students developed highly original outcomes and were ready to experiment. They are a credit to the school, which has clearly nurtured their creativity very well. They took direction easily and worked diligently. It was a pleasure to spend the afternoon working with such well-mannered and gifted students.”

José is the go-to designer of Ugandan Royalty and Government officials, having designed for four Royal weddings so far. She is known for her prolific and cutting edge Barkcloth collection ‘Resonance’. The label promotes the use of eco-textiles, such as organic and recycled materials. It further supports ethical trading and raises awareness about the environmental issues affected by the fashion industry. Barkcloth was proclaimed by UNESCO as part of the world’s ‘Intangible Cultural heritage of Humanity’ in 2005.

José’s collection has featured at EcoLuxe London, London Fashion Week, Berlin Fashion Week, New York Fashion Week and Kampala Fashion Week, as well as the Ugandan Museum to raving reviews.

Director of Art at King’s Ely Senior, Alison Rhodes, said: “It was a pleasure to welcome José back to King’s Ely. Our students were really inspired and the headwear and neckwear designs created were truly stunning. We are all looking forward to working with José again in 2019.”

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