Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

FErret: Fe News

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

FErret: Fe News

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International politics? That's sooo last season

Congratulations to Vogue publisher Conde Nast's College of Fashion and Design in London, England, which has just welcomed its first students on to its Vogue Fashion Certificate course.

Principal Susie Forbes is clearly not shy of maintaining fashion stereotypes. First, its April opening was fashionably late, with the college having initially intended to open its doors in January. And, in true fashionista style, food is banned from the all-white, minimalist campus - the college says students can go to a nearby cafe.

The private college is also clearly aware of fashion pricing rules: how are you supposed to know if something is good if it isn't expensive? Accordingly, the 10-week Vogue course costs Pounds 6,600 and a year-long course, which launches in September, will cost Pounds 24,000 - about as much as Harvard. Three scholarships will be available, though, for students who may be known as Ugly Betties.

One thing that doesn't cost a penny is the crippling sense of being judged by your fellow students, however. "I spent ages thinking about what to wear this morning," one student told the London Evening Standard newspaper. …

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