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‘British Fashion Pioneers’ book published in China by Westminster alumna

Fashion; Photography; Television, Film and Moving Image 1 October 2014

Westminster alumna Ou Qing received her MA in Film and Television: Theory, Culture and Industry from the Department of Photography and Film (part of the Faculty of Media, Arts and Design) in 2010 and has just published her first book entitled 'British Fashion Pioneers' in China.

'British Fashion Pioneers' is the first comprehensive introduction to the British fashion industry for a Chinese readership by a Chinese author. The book explores the fashion industry in its historical, political, economic and cultural dimensions and emphasises the unique and dynamic fashion culture of Britain.

Interviewees include Harold Tillman (former Head of the British Fashion Council), Caroline Rush, Anne Tyrell; designers such as David Sassoon, Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith, Christopher Kane, Stephen Jones, Philip Treacy, Wendy Dagworthy; tailors, photographers, make-up artists, hair stylists, entrepreneurs, buyers, fashion tutors (including Andrew Groves, the Course Director of the Fashion Design BA Honours course), fashion journalists and editors.

Specific topics covered are: London Fashion Week, the British Fashion Awards, the British Fashion Council, Savile Row, fashion history in the UK, fashion education and business.

Ou Quing said: "The MA in Film and Television not only provided me with a wonderful curriculum but also tutors who are knowledgeable, professional and responsible, such as Ian Green, the Course Leader. The study of film inspired me to reconsider the fashion industry, which I had covered as a television journalist in China for ten years, in both its artistic and social values. There is an interplay between film and fashion that has far-reaching significance. That’s what inspired me to write this book."

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