OREN COHEN

Grey Sheep

Location

london / United Kingdom

University

kingston School of Art

Graduation year

2018

I was born and raised in a Kibbutz - a socialist agricultural worker community - in Israel. My experience growing up in this community, isolated from popular culture and fashion trends, deeply influenced my design aesthetic in the way I perceive fashion and its place in the world.

After finishing my obligatory military service at the age of 21 after working and saving money for a few years, I decided to leave Israel behind and move to Italy. Growing up with an Italian mother I felt like I want to explore that part of my heritage and expose myself to a new language and culture. It was only in Italy at the age of 23 that I got a real exposure to the world of fashion and it’s many brunches.

The lack of exposure to popular fashion as a child, formed my opinion that a garment should be functional in its endurance and utility while providing the wearer with a sense of confidence and comfort rather than as a tool in the search of glamour or extravagance. I decided to try my luck at the Nuova Accademia Di Belle Arte in Milan and took a yearlong evening fashion course to enhance my knowledge and dive into the fashion waters.
Following that year, I decided to take a little break from the fashion world and move to England to be able to work and save more money in order to create a stable financial background to myself.

After 2.5 years of living in Oxford – England, I decided it was time to go back to higher education and try my luck at a British fashion institute. I enrolled myself to a short foundation course in order to build a portfolio that would allow me access to the best schools out there.

After being accepted to 5 different British universities I decided to choose Kingston School Of Art for my BA in Fashion design because of its proximity to central London, it’s high rank and the overall feeling I got when visiting there.
I learned a lot in my 3 years at Kingston, not only about myself as a designer but also as a person. Interning with PHOEBE ENGLISH in London highly influenced my design process and the way I perceive fashion and textiles and working for ALLSAINTS taught me a lot on the commercial side of fashion.
I am very happy with my overall achievements and looking forward to the next chapter in my biography.

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