The One Academy ESMOD Kuala Lumpur Fashion Design students are always in for a treat when fashion experts swing by for an inspiring sharing or two. Besides learning hands on techniques, the sharing sessions are meant to invoke students’ inward experience to nurture them not just as fashion designers but as artists.
Australian-born but London-based Fashion Photographer and Editor, Leigh Keily flew in to give an inspiring sharing about creativity and fashion from a creative perspective. Leigh is also a lecturer in the UK, teaching students how to communicate their ideas through stories in photography, especially photo shoots for fashion magazines.
Leigh, who is also a co-founder of style magazine PHOENIX, actively engages with state-of-the-art fashion projects also as the co-founder/editor of specialist men’s magazine JON and in photo shoot sessions as photography director of GEIST.
On sharing photography knowledge, Leigh provided few tips on fashion photography, such as keeping the set’s lighting and deco simple and how to make a model warm outdoors despite the weather condition. The One Academy fashion design students also picked up another advice, according to Leigh it is a plus point for students to know how to create a lovely ambiance to complement the model’s outfit and style.
Fashion design students also learned about shooting products, while Leigh included that it is important to create a suitable mood and lighting. He said “It doesn’t have to be a clean and perfect setting, because even an “accidental-art” mood works well too to help the product stand out.”
Although the sharing on photography was touch-base, however Leigh still emphasized on creative inspiration topics to make sure that students are enlightened in the artistic perspective of photography and direction. Other than that, Leigh shared an unconventional tip on how to break through creative boundaries. According to Leigh’s suggestion, students can actually gain inspiration if they take some time to spend quality time with themselves by engaging in creative projects, sightseeing or just simple walks in the park would do too.
It was certainly a unique learning experience for The One Academy’s aspiring fashion designers. As Leigh puts it, Fashion isn’t just about developing fashion sense and style coordination, but it is also about creating stories through a creative perspective.