Final year BA (Hons) Fashion Design students visited the clothsurgeon store on Savile Row, London, as part of a live portfolio project with Leeds Arts University alumni, and Founder and Creative Director of clothsurgeon, Rav Matharu.
In 2022 Rav made history by being the first ever South Asian designer to open the first bespoke streetwear store on the world famous Savile Row. Leeds Arts University awarded Rav with an Honorary Master of Arts degree that same year for his outstanding contributions to fashion and arts. Today, he actively mentors students from the university, offering them invaluable industry experience through clothsurgeon’s internship programme.
The 2024 live portfolio project challenges students to design for a particular customer, develop creative ideas, and to learn how to understand and work with a brands philosophy, in this instance, with clothsurgeon.
Students are asked to design a four-outfit Autumn/Winter 2024 collection for clothsurgeon, focused towards the mens, womens or a gender-neutral market.
The winner of the brief will have the choice of their key garment being made up by the clothsurgeon team, utilising Rav’s fabric store in East London, or a one week internship with Rav at the studio on Savile Row.
10 finalists will be shortlisted and their work sent to Rav Matharu for judging. The 2024 winner will be announced in early February.
The winner of last years' project, Kamaal Barwany, undertook a work placement with Rav and his team.