King’s Ely students get creative with global fashion designer José Hendo

King’s Ely students get creative with global fashion designer José Hendo

King’s Ely students get creative with global fashion designer José Hendo - Credit: Archant

Award-winning fashion designer José Hendo visited King’s Ely to share her skills and expertise with sixth form students.

The masterclass saw José working with A-Level fashion and design students, helping them to create sculptural accessory designs using barkcloth and sinamay.

The workshop resulted in an inventive range of headwear and neckwear designs being created.

José, who is the go-to designer of Ugandan royalty and Government officials, having designed for four Royal weddings so far, said: “All of the students had brilliant ideas and were ready to experiment. They took direction easily and worked diligently.”

José is known for her barkcloth collection ‘Resonance’. The label promotes the use of eco-textiles, such as organic and recycled materials.


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Barkcloth was proclaimed by UNESCO as part of the world’s ‘Intangible Cultural heritage of Humanity’ in 2005.

José’s collection has featured at EcoLuxe London, London Fashion Week, Berlin Fashion Week, New York Fashion Week and Kampala Fashion Week, as well as the Ugandan Museum.

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