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Antonio Banderas swaps film for fashion with sting at London's Central Saint Martins

Last Updated Aug 27, 2015 at 10:20 am PDT

In this May 21, 2015 file photo, Nicole Kimpel and Antonio Banderas pose for photographers upon arrival for the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS benefit during the 68th Cannes international film festival in Cap d'Antibes, southern France. In an interview with Vanity Fair, the first after her romance with Banderas was made public in 2014, Kimpel said that the Spanish actor still has ties with his ex, Melanie Griffith. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)

LONDON – Antonio Banderas has swapped film for fashion, at least temporarily.

The “Mask of Zorro” star is studying at Central Saint Martins, the London college that trained designers Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen.

This week, Banderas tweeted a picture of himself surrounded by dressmaker’s dummies and the words: “The 2nd week of studies at Central St Martin begins. Intense, exciting, serious and fun all the same time.”

The college confirmed Thursday that the actor is taking a specially crafted short course in fashion. The course lasts several weeks and is due to end before full-time students return in October.

The 55-year-old Spanish actor told a British TV show earlier this year that he aspired to study fashion.

His recent roles include the villain in “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water.”