After 72 years, Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design is closing its iconic heavy wooden doors on Charing Cross Road for the last time this summer, as the college moves to King Cross. John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Sarah Burton, Christopher Kane and Katharine Hamnett, are just some of the famous alumni to have crossed the threshold, while the Sex Pistols played their first EVER gig there, and Jarvis Cocker and Sade are ex-students. ‘Who cares, it’s just a building,’ you may think, but 107-109 Charing Cross Road is more than that. The plaster may be crumbling and the stairs creaking, but the corridors and studios ooze with all the brilliant creativity that has filled them over the years. So what better tribute than the film that the ever-so-talented people at CSM (naturally) made about the history of the college, that they debuted at the BA fashion show earlier this week.
There are also rumours swirling that there will be a party to end all parties in the building when the last sewing machine is moved to Kings Cross. Love editor in chief, stylist and ex-St Martins student, Katie Grand, is said to be planning it, with a little help from her musician friends who are planning to perform there. While we imagine it’s all alumni that will be invited, we will of course report back as to what happened within those sacred walls – if we survive it!