Kanye West to Study at Central Saint Martins College in London?

Monday, March 7, 2011

Kanye WestKANYE West has applied to study at Britain’s most prestigious fashion college.

The rapper — who has previously designed for brands including Louis Vuitton and Nike and completed an internship at Fendi — has his sights set on a place at the Central Saint Martins College in London to study a Masters degree in fashion.

West met with course head Professor Louise Wilson, whose previous students have included late designer Alexander McQueen, on Wednesday.

“The rapper already has work experience with Fendi and Louis Vuitton on his CV,” a source told British newspaper The Sun.

“Now that he has been interviewed, the school’s board will have to decide whether to allow him to start the MA fashion course later this year.”

West has previously attacked the fashion industry for not embracing him.

“Why, if someone is good in one field, can they not be accepted or given the slightest opportunity to express and be creative in other fields?” he said last year.

“I thank Marc Jacobs so much for giving me the opportunity to design a shoe for Louis Vuitton, but the thing that broke my heart most was when they said, ‘You’re finished. The shoe’s finished.’ When it was ready it was like the dream of putting together the fabric and having the energy that I knew of being a street kid, of being a boy out of Chicago, and enjoying every day and the way I can connect with this. It’s like, you can’t play the video game anymore.

“What compromises do we have to make? How many compromises do we have to make every day in this field just to keep things going? Just to be able to sell a product?

“Fashion breaks my heart. You know, when they do a magazine of number one New Yorkers or something like that and I’m blatantly left out I feel like … it hurts me. And I just appreciate the people in this room that are open minded enough to remember when they were a five-year-old.

“To remember when they could color outside the lines, to remember when they could give their opinion, honesty without affecting their job, without it affecting their well being.”