Nice to see that there’s more to Kingston than this infamous flatshare ad. Josh Read, a recent Kingston University Graduate, has landed a dream role at Dior taking up a one-year internship at Dior’s Paris HQ from August 2015. Read describes his style as sophisticated, modern luxe with a bold approach to colour. The 21-year-old designer from Horsham, in West Sussex, went on to say: “The role at Dior will be such an amazing opportunity to develop my knowledge and work with prominent industry figures. Coming as a result of being recognised by high-end luxury conglomerate LVMH makes it even more exciting. I’ve always admired Dior so it’s fantastic to have the chance to work with the brand, particularly so early in my career. Their style is all about making a woman feel confident, which is something I’ve concentrated on in my latest collection. It’s also a very influential brand in terms of colour and fabric.”

As you can see from the catwalk images, Read’s use of materials such as wool and leather lined with silk, and colour blocks of bright oranges, blues and reds that took inspiration from the pops of colour you typically get within the concrete urban environment resulted in an intelligent and dignified silhouette, one that referenced both glamour and cutting edge fashion houses. The collection was inspired by the style of the post-war era. “I love the way women thought about fashion at that time,” Read explains. “It saw the start of experimentation and the introduction of more colour, sex appeal, sophistication and power in their clothing. The archetypal 1950s’ woman would dress to impress and I wanted to recreate that feeling for women today.”
Senior lecturer Andrew Ibi described Josh’s latest womenswear range as brave and contemporary. “Josh’s strong use of colour, texture and bold silhouettes created a really striking collection,” Mr Ibi said. “Beyond the strong design impact, there is excellent attention to cutting, detail and finish. He’s worked hard on defining the design narrative and context for the collection, re-imagining the mundane activities of life. The collection also has an underlying sense of fun and humour.”
Kingston University is widely acknowledged as one of the UK’s foremost centres for fashion education. Graduates from its BA (Hons) course have gone on to senior posts in a range of leading labels including Givenchy, Missoni, Vivienne Westwood and Saint Laurent. Now Dior can be added to this prestigious list. Good luck Josh!
Words by Anna Bang


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