This week we held an exciting Design Workshop Collaboration to all four years. This was an opportunity for students to learn some new techniques that could enhance their own design process but to also meet and chat with students from other years.
We welcomed out new students last week and all returning Year 1, 2 and 3 students this week.
Recently, Fashion Design Rochester year 1 students completed their second design project; a live collaboration with House of Fraser
Year 3 students recently attended a lifedrawing class with drawing tutor Connie Lim. This particular class focused spesifically on scale using charcoal to create more interesting compositions. Following on for this, students were encouraged to experiment with drawing using the charcoal illustrations as a base by adding collage, paint, and other mediums on top of the drawings.
Our Year 2 Students have completed this year’s fast paced and challenging Tailoring project, each creating a unique jacket or coat inspired by their own research. Their final designs are diverse and innovative, showcasing a wealth of talent and ambition.
Each year we invite our talented alumni to come back to UCA and talk to the Fashion Design students about their careers and offer advice and help to the current final year students who will be embarking on their own careers in a few months’ time.
Rochester Fashion Design students Cristina Bree and Mark Martin won tickets to visit Mark Powel’s bespoke tailoring talk in Soho. They were accompanied by fellow students Lizzie Fidler and Csilla Pelyvas.
Our new year 0 students are here! On the first day, the students were given a challenge to wear a white button down shirt in as many different ways as possible. The results were highly creative with some very adventurous silhouettes based on the opposing ideas of uniformity and anarchy. The activity also broke the ice, with a great deal of laughter and chatting. The students ended the day with a great many ideas and several new friends.
Year 1 have completed their first week with inductions. A jam packed week to introduce our students to the different elements of the course, an opportunity to meet and interact with their peers and become familiar with the content of year 1.
The Fashion Design course made it’s annual visit to Graduate Fashion Week at the beginning of June, exhibiting a diverse and eclectic range of collections on the catwalk and some incredibly strong portfolios on the UCA stand.
Recently, year 2 students presented the results of their live ASOS Marketplace project to a panel of Development Executives from the website. For this project, the students worked together in groups to create a unique brand and to develop and promote a collection with the ASOS marketplace customer in mind. There was an amazing breadth of diversity of ideas with collections inspired by the glamorous world of Joan Collins and the dark, mysterious world of Mata Hari.
Our very talented final year student, Lucy Ward, has won the British Fashion Council Topman award. Well done Lucy! She beat off competition from students from all over the country. The brief was to design a range for Topman demonstrating an understanding of the brand and its customer. A handful of students were chosen as finalists and for the final stage of the competition they were invited to bring their portfolios to an interview with a panel of senior management from Topman and representatives from the British Fashion Council at Topman’s headquarters in Oxford Street London. The feedback was that ‘Lucy’s performance was outstanding and the prize was well deserved.’ Lucy will take up a year’s paid internship at Topman once she graduates.
This year’s final year students presented their collections in a salon style show for friends and family at the beginning of May. I don’t think we’ve ever seen so much colour and diversity as we had this year. Concepts ranged from Sara Castro’s seedy motel room inspired womenswear collection complete with a duvet coat to Ying Goma’s menswear collection which was inspired by street hawkers in Lagos, featuring dramatic shapes, oversized pocket details and garments made from plastic sacking. The choice of fabrics was equally eclectic, including feathers, lace, plastic fur, fish skin, specially woven fabrics from a craftswoman based in Columbia and knitted panels trapped in plastic.
ASOS Marketplace and Fashion Design Rochester have teamed up for the second year in a row to run a project to support
Recently, I attended an ‘archive induction’ at the V&A Clothworkers’ Centre organized by
Last week, year 1 students presented a selection of work from their recent collaboration with Warehouse to Alice Verrall. In the beginning of this project, Warehouse presented an overview of the S/S17 season with key trends including bright colours, deckchair stripes, 70’s influences, pleating, asymmetric hems and dip dye. The images show a snapshot of the garments and folio pages created created by students in response to the brief. Several students have now been invited to apply for Work Experience.
Fashion Design Rochester students Moraine Cron and Loren Stennings reflect on their trip to Barcelona to visit Stradivarius
I was delighted to be given the opportunity on behalf of Graduate Fashion Week, to attend the Masterclass with their patron Victoria Beckham. The masterclass included Victoria Beckham being interviewed by Hilary Alexander, a valued journalist in the fashion industry.
The students on the Fashion Design Course took part in a national competition run by the British Fashion Council to design a range for the Spanish brand Stradivarius. For the brief the students had to design a collection of menswear or womenswear for Spring 2017.
Both our entrants to this year’s prestigious Sophie Hallette Lace completion have been selected to go through to the final. This is a tough competition with students from the top fashion courses throughout the country taking part. Year 3 studetns Sebastian Jáuregui and Meg Boulton put forward design proposals for collections using lace in at least two outfits
First Year students rounded off their first term with a winter embellishment workshop. Students were introduced to a variety of embroidery, beading and applique techniques and asked to produce a ‘Christmas Jumper’. Although this was a festive fun day, the techniques shown and practised can be used throughout their course. Students are currently undertaking a live project with Warehouse and these ideas may be carried through into this.
First year students have been invited to design a spring/summer 2017 collection for the recently rebranded Warehouse. Students have been given a seasonal ‘Catwalk Summary’ and must now put their own spin on future trends. Students have been introduced to the different types of customers Warehouse are targeting and must now decide on their own customer profile.
First year Fashion Design students are just about to complete their first design project; Tools of the Trade. Part of the project was to start translating 2D into 3D and record this in their new workbooks created on InDesign – a 10-week journey of the Introduction into Pattern and Production with the culmination of 3 final toiles.
Since graduating from UCA, I have had a complete whirlwind in my first year stepping out into industry as a young designer. Shortly after leaving UCA, I decided to get back into contact and touch base with a few people I had interned with whilst studying. This lead to my first contract as a Design and Print Assistant at Warehouse fashions, where they were quick to offer me a position based on my previous time with them after being offered an internship during one of the courses live projects in my first year at UCA. After a quick 3 months, I then landed myself my dream position at Marc Jacobs Paris as a Junior Assistant with the Collection Knitwear. After moving to Paris, I was completely thrown in the deep end and given the amazing opportunity to be fully involved in every aspect of the design process. Having never studied knitwear before I have learnt an abundance of new skills broadening my knowledge on knitting techniques and hand embroidery. I have had the incredible opportunity to travel with work, both to Italy for the collection development and to New York for fittings and the show.
The Fashion Design final year students presented their collections on the catwalk at Graduate Fashion Week on Monday 6th June. The show, the last of the day, was packed out. It didn’t disappoint and was the usual eclectic mix of sophisticated cutting, exciting print and embellishment and lots of innovation.