In his interview for i-D, Professor Groves shared his 11-step guide to nurturing the next generation of fashion talent.
Amongst his tips, he spoke about the need for students to go through failure in order to learn. He explained: “If you don’t fail, you don't learn. I think so many young people have not had the chance to deal and learn from failure, and so don’t have the resilience to deal with situations when they don’t go the way that they had hoped or planned.”
He also insisted that getting a Fashion degree or working in the Fashion industry are not as easy as people imagine. He said students also need to be taught technical skills, such as pattern cutting, illustration, CAD and draping, which are crucial in the industry but have been side-lined in recent years.
Finally, Professor Groves hopes that Fashion education will further align with industry in future: “Repositioning our runway show to align with the current industry calendar gave our students a chance to show on the official London Fashion Week schedule. It allows our students to undertake their internship year with companies such as Dior, Givenchy, Craig Green, Margiela, and Louis Vuitton, then immediately be back with us and working on their own collection for the following season.”