Kanye West turned into ‘Professor Yeezy’ teaching students fashion design at an LA school as part of his community service.
His stint as teacher, however, doesn’t emerge from a career change, West was ordered to complete 250 hours of community service following a confrontation with paparazzi last year. It appears he’s embracing his sentence with his passion for fashion by turning teacher at Los Angeles Trade Technical College, a school known for its courses in fashion design and technology.
Mr West is probably the only celebrity whose roles include both, rapper and fashion designer. Well, and Kim Kardashian’s husband.
The 37-year-old Yeezus singer was teaching a class last week on apparel design and has been visiting the school since May. The lectures include creativity and fashion, topics that are close to his heart -West is well known for his outspoken opinions about the fashion industry.
According to Refinery 29, “the midterm would be a haiku about the intersection of fashion and creativity, written in the medium of your choice on a textile whose identity can be gleaned from a riddle”.
“For your final exam, you'd have to design an entire tour wardrobe, complete with video tie-ins and a merchandising plan that includes costs for only locally-sourced fabrics and labour.”
Students were undoubtedly surprised when waiting for their teach and Mr West walked in.
He launched his own label of womenswear in 2012 and even had a fashion show in Paris the same year. But his fashion debut was slated by industry insiders who gave the musician less than flattering reviews.
Kanye West's fashion quotes
Kanye West's fashion quotes
1/13 Kanye West's fashion quotes
"We brought the leather jogging pants six years ago to Fendi, and they said, 'No.' How many motherfuckers you done seen with a jogging pant?"
2/13 Kanye West's fashion quotes
"No flip-flops on black dudes. Wear some hot-ass Jordans on the beach."
3/13 Kanye West's fashion quotes
"I could still do a suit, I just wouldn't have done that exact lapel situation."
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4/13 Kanye West's fashion quotes
"Do you think there'd be a Givenchy in the hood if it wasn't for that South Park photo?"
5/13 Kanye West's fashion quotes
"I'm talkin' about us, the new slaves, the people who love fashion. I'm talking about us, you know? 'Cause I'm a slave to it. I love it."
6/13 Kanye West's fashion quotes
"Nike told me, 'We can’t give you royalties because you’re not a professional athlete.' I told them, 'I'll go to the Garden and play one-on-no one.' I’m a performance athlete."
7/13 Kanye West's fashion quotes
"You know, that I'm not a real designer, that I'm not this. I'm not a real rapper, either!"
8/13 Kanye West's fashion quotes
"All I need is the breakthrough. The joint-venture for my clothing. Same as Stella McCartney has..."
9/13 Kanye West's fashion quotes
"Versace! Versace! Versace! Versace! Versace! Versace! We love Versace. Versace is the greatest designer of all time!"
10/13 Kanye West's fashion quotes
"We culture. Rap is the new rock 'n roll. We the rockstars. It's been like that for a minute, Hedi Slimane!"
11/13 Kanye West's fashion quotes
"There wouldn’t be no song called ‘N****s in Paris’ without Lenny Kravitz, because he was the first n**** in Paris
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12/13 Kanye West's fashion quotes
Everybody in New York City right now don't buy any Louis Vuitton until after January.
13/13 Kanye West's fashion quotes
"We're making product with chitlins. T-shirts! That's the most we can make."
He then collaborated with French label APC, which sold out within hours. Following its success, earlier this year he presented his second collaboration for the same brand, which showcased six complete menswear looks that included fur coats, cargo trousers and knits, all paired up with hip-hop-classic Timberlands.
Whether he plans to revive his failed fashion house is unclear, but in the meantime he’s sharing his experiences and knowledge of the industry with students who one day will say “Yeezus taught me”.Reuse content