Sunday 25 January 2015

Meet fashion's secret brainiacs

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Crawford won a scholarship to study chemical engineering at Northwestern University but dropped out after only one semester in order to pursue a full-time modelling career
Crawford won a scholarship to study chemical engineering at Northwestern University but dropped out after only one semester in order to pursue a full-time modelling career
Victoria's Secret model Karlie Kloss has taken a week out of her busy modelling schedule to attend a class at Harvard, an institution the 21-year-old has had her sights set on for a while. Tagging herself in the Baker Business Library with a stack of paperwork in front of her, speculation has arisen that Kloss has enrolled herself on Harvard's Executive Education Program, a course previously taken by model personality Tyra Banks
Perhaps not a well-kept secret since her graduation ceremony was documented by the world's press, but Harry Potter actress and Lancôme spokesmodel Emma Watson gained a Bachelor's degree in English literature from Brown University in May 2014
Ralph Lauren studied business at Baruch College, New York, but dropped out after two years. He then spent two years in the United States Army until, in 1967, he opened his first store, selling ties under his Polo label
Anouck Lepere was studying architecture in Antwerp when her friends, Dries Van Noten and Olivier Theyskens, persuaded her to try modelling
In 2011, Tyra Banks enrolled at Harvard Business School for a nine-week-long Owner/President Manager Program (OPM). In 2012, she passed the Executive Education Training Program. Asked by VH1 what her most difficult class was, Banks quickly replied "finance": "For the first 30 minutes of the class, I'm raising my hand, I'm all into it, 'cause it's kind of like theory and just like, the social part of the case. The last hour it's all like Einstein and algebraic equations and craziness. And I'm just like, what is going on? Please don't call on me because it won't be pretty
Designer Roksanda Ilincic studied Architecture and Applied Arts in her native Belgrade before moving to London in 1999 to study fashion at Central Saint Martins
Belgium-born Diane Von Furstenberg studied Economics at the University of Geneva in Switzerland
Brooke Shields graduated from Ivy League College Princeton in 1987 with a bachelor's degree in French literature. Whilst studying, she wrote her autobiography On Your Own, which was published in 1985 - when Brooke was only 20
Lily Cole juggled History of Art at Cambridge University with a successful career as a model and actress and still emerged with a double first class degree - a very special accolade bestowed on students who gain top marks in their first and final year exams
Somali-born Iman studied political science at the University of Nairobi and speaks five languages - Somali, Arabic, Italian, French and English
Born in Texas, Tom Ford moved to New York aged 16 to study Art History at New York University but dropped out after only two years, to concentrate on acting in T.V commercials. He then took up interior architecture studies at Parsons School of Design, taking time out for an internship at Chloé's press office in Paris, which triggered his love of fashion. Ford spent his final year at Parsons studying fashion, but nonetheless graduated with a degree in architecture
Now famous for her wedding gowns, Vera Wang attended the University of Paris, then graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a degree in art history
It was apparently Christy Turlington's interest in yoga that inspired her to study for a Bachelor's degree in Comparative Religion and Eastern Philosophy at New York University
Model Laura Bailey studied English at the University of Southampton, graduating with first-class honours
Miuccia Prada prepared herself for taking over the family business by studying Political Science at the University of Milan. Three years after completing her undergraduate studies in 1970, she received a PhD

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