Alumnus Joshua Kane exhibits with Foundation Art and Design students

Wednesday, 06 April 2016

Joshua Kane

In the latest exhibition to hit the Glass Tank gallery, Oxford Brookes welcomes back one of its most successful Foundation Art and Design Diploma alumni, fashion designer Joshua Kane.

Joshua Kane has become one of the most talked about fashion designers as he launches his fourth menswear runway collection at London Collections Men Spring/Summer 2017 this June. Joshua is a tailor to the stars and has earned himself a cult following of distinguished dapper dressers.

In acknowledgement to his roots, Joshua has returned to Oxford Brookes University to work with the current Foundation Art and Design students on a project which has brought together students from across all the design disciplines from Graphics to ceramics, amongst others. Students have been developing new ideas, products and concepts for the Joshua Kane label and will exhibit their work alongside Joshua in the Glass Tank gallery at Oxford Brookes next week. 

I think the range of ideas the students have explored have been fascinating to see and I have been very impressed. Some of the narratives have intrigued me, especially the concept of me as a superhero!

Joshua Kane

Joshua, who is from Oxford, said: “I wanted to keep the brief as open as possible to allow the students to diversify and experiment with different concepts and narratives. The Joshua Kane brand is all about designing for the customer in a very individual and personal way so I wanted the students to understand the brand but offer me something new. 

“I think the range of ideas the students have explored have been fascinating to see and I have been very impressed. Some of the narratives have intrigued me, especially the concept of me as a superhero!”

The work on display will be a snapshot of work by 75 students which ranges from collections inspired by Louise Bleriot, Amelia Earheart and Thomas Edison to name a few. Ideas for a private club and Victorian tea room with branded tea and gin to temporary tattoos; the work is an eclectic mix of concepts demonstrating the diverse approach of the foundation course.  

Lucy Turner, Course Leader, commented “The students have all responded to the live brief in really different ways looking at the narratives of their design concepts and trying to come up with something new for Joshua.  They have worked really hard over the last few weeks and it is great to see their work exhibited alongside that of Joshua Kane.  It is a privilege to have Joshua return to Oxford Brookes to work with the students and for him to acknowledge this is where it all began for him.”

Joshua completed his Foundation Diploma in 2007 and went on to study Fashion Design at Kingston University. Upon graduation, Joshua went on to work for Burberry and Paul Smith. The Joshua Kane flagship store opened its doors two years ago and has gone from strength to strength. His latest Autumn/ Winter 2016 collection shown in January was his most successful show to date.

The exhibition opens on Monday 11 April until Thursday 5 May in the Glass Tank gallery, Abercrombie Building on the Headington Campus. The exhibition is free and open to all, no booking is required. 

More information about exhibition at Oxford Brookes University can be found on the Glass Tank webpages. Joshua Kane can be followed on Twitter and Instagram and you can see his latest collection at www.joshuakanebespoke.com

Information about studying Foundation Art and Design can be found on the course webpages.