Fashion Students Create A 21st Century Visual Editorial Inspired By An Historic Kent Backdrop

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Students from The School Of The Creative Arts at The University Of Hertfordshire draw inspiration from an historic Kent Mansion, celebrating it's centenary year, using the grounds and interior as a fashion shoot location.

The Mansion & Gardens at Port Lympne location

To be invited to take influence from one of Kent's culturally rich landmarks is a fantastic opportunity for our students and our school.

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of The Mansion & Gardens at Port Lympne, students from The School Of The Creative Arts at The University of Hertfordshire, have drawn inspiration from the art and architecture on display in the historic Mansion, to create a 21st Century Visual Editorial.

Sam Lloyd, Sales Manager said: ‘ The Mansion & Gardens, built by Sir Phillip Sassoon, are steeped in history and the centenary provided the perfect opportunity to collaborate with the students from The School Of Creative Arts to celebrate the historical and cultural references both The Mansion & Gardens have to offer our society.’

The collaboration has produced a series of photographs that tell a story of heritage, culture and style through the mediums of architecture, natural landscape and fashion.

David Thomas, Senior Lecturer at The University of Hertfordshire said: ‘The socialite context of Sir Phillip Sassoon’s life is extremely interesting. His organised parties, his varied guests, the artwork he commissioned and his ambition to become a well known figure of the day are all areas of interest. Creative output is, more often than not, fuelled by social change and experience, so to be invited to take influence from one of Kent’s culturally rich landmarks is a fantastic opportunity for our students and our school.’

Taking inspiration from photo-documentation of the Sassoon family’s time at Port Lympne the photographs,on show at The University of Hertfordshire, show a connection and sense of respect to the past, whilst celebrating the excitement, motivation and talent of future creative minds.

David added: ‘How you adapt and thrive from different cultures and societies are questions that are considered within fashion at every level. The ability to mimic, aspire to, or become a part of social phenomenon, are traits of Phillip Sassoon’s character, documented in the architecture and art around Port Lympne – examples of style, direction and ambition, all of which are integral to fashion.’

The images will be exhibited at The University of Hertfordshire from 1st October.
For further information about The Mansion & Gardens at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park please visit http://www.aspinallfoundation.org

Editor’s Notes
•The Aspinall Foundation’s Port Lympne and Howletts Wild Animal Parks in Kent were set up by the late John Aspinall to be centres of excellence for animal husbandry within which to protect and breed threatened species, with a view to returning them to the wild wherever possible.
•The Aspinall Foundation is a world leading conservation charity dedicated to keeping John Aspinall’s innovative conservation ethos alive leading the way through education, captive breeding and reintroduction. The Aspinall Foundation has projects both in the UK and overseas, including Java, Madagascar, Congo and The Gabon. Working in conjunction with the parks, The Aspinall Foundation has so far returned to the wild Przewalski's horses, black rhino, Cape buffalo, Burmese pythons and western lowland gorillas.
•The Mansion & Gardens at Port Lympne were commissioned by Sir Phillip Sassoon and built by architect, Sir Herbert Baker. The elegant 1920’s Mansion is steeped in history and enjoys glorious panoramic views across extensive terraced lawns and landscaped gardens to the English Channel. The Mansion is nestled in the heart of the world renowned Port Lympne Wild Animal Park.
•For further information regarding The School Of Creative Arts at The University Of Hertfordshire and the 21st Century Visual Editorial Exhibition, please contact David Thomas at d.thomas (at) herts (dot) ac (dot) uk
•All pictures, please credit David Poole@slashtroke in association with The School Of Creative Arts, University Of Hertfordshire.

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