A PAIR of would-be designers are hoping to make big strides in the fashion world.
Rose Canham and Callum Kamara recently completed a fashion diploma at Warwickshire College in Leamington.
And they have both now secured degree places on the BA (Hons) Fashion course at Central Saint Martins in London – one of the most prestigious fashion colleges in the world, with alumni including Stella McCartney, Zac Posen and Christopher Kane.
Rose will specialise in knitwear, which also featured in her final major project at college.
The 19-year-old said: “I wasn’t sure how the interview went – I didn’t really think I’d get in. I had to wait three or four weeks before we eventually found out at 6am and I just ran to tell my mum.
“I’ve always known I wanted to do fashion – I never really wanted to do anything else. I’m really looking forward to starting the course – especially as Callum will be there too.
“There’s also the famous White Show at the end of the first year, which will be amazing to be a part of.
“The attitude of the tutors here is very different to school – they push and challenge you, which makes you work really hard, but it’s paid off.”
Callum, also 19, will specialise in menswear.
He said: “I’d always been intrigued by the arts and didn’t think A Levels were for me but I enjoyed the environment at college.
“I thought the interview went well but I wasn’t sure if the tutor was just being diplomatic.”
Speaking about the pair’s plans for the future, he added: “We might be in really different areas in three years time but we’ve always talked about starting a ‘Canham/Kamara’ label so you never know, it might happen!”
Adele Christie, lecturer at Leamington College, said it was the first time in a decade students from the college had won places at Central Saint Martins.
She added: “The UAL Foundation Art course really prepares students for university arts courses – enabling them to develop their practice and produce the quality of portfolio which universities want to see at interview.
“Both Rose and Callum are real creative talents and have produced fantastic work over their time with us. We are so proud of them and look forward to seeing how they develop at CSM.”