Why London is Europe's design capital
Updated 1512 GMT (2312 HKT) January 11, 2017
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On November 24 the London Design Museum re-opens in its new home in Kensington after a five year reconstruction project led by British architect John Pawson. Ahead of this, the Museum's director Deyan Sudjic reflects on London's position as Europe's cultural capital. The views expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
London (CNN)London is the city where gifted young designers from all around the world come to succeed. When Zaha Hadid left Baghdad to learn how to be an architect, she chose the Architectural Association School in London. Roksanda Illincic knew she could not become a world class fashion designer in her native Belgrade, so she chose to study at Central Saint Martins, the school that has also produced Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney and Christopher Kane.