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Warehouse project

First years have just presented a selection of garments and design work to Warehouse, after a 10 week live project.

The designers from the iconic British brand introduced the trends to the students: 80’s, Tea Dance and Parachute. Students then developed a chosen trend and were asked to produce sketchbook, design boards and a final outfit that summed up their take on the trend.

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Paris visit

To coincide with the buzz a fashion week brings to a city, we took 29 Fashion students to Paris during the weekend of Paris Fashion Week. We invited all Fashion students and had a mix of Fashion Design, Fashion Media and Promotion, Textiles:Print, Atelier and Photography. Highlights of the weekend were a retrospective of the key pieces from the wardrobe of Iris Apfel held at Bon Marche, visiting the Dries Van Noten store and seeing the Eiffel Tower by night. We also visited an exhibition at the Palais Galleria celebrating the life and wardrobe of Élizabeth, Countess Greffulhe, whose beauty and elegance was one of the main inspirations for Marcel Proust and the fashion designers of her time. And it seemed Spring began too with the sun shining as we walked through the Tuileries gardens.

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The Sock Project

We set our clever first years a challenge to test their technical skills, focussing on working with jersey fabrics. The task was to create a jumper from socks. The exercise drew inspiration from a Martin Margiela project from the early 1990s which reflects his signature deconstruction approach to design but also references the wartime ‘make do and mend’ ethos, encouraging the development of innovative methods to create clothes with little access to materials.

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Hannah Smith

Since graduating I have worked for a few different fashion brands and companies. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do so I was lucky enough to be given design opportunities to intern or work on temporary contracts at Marks and Spencers, Studio Nicholson and The Row in New York. When I came back from New York I started working freelance, doing trend research and design work for global retail company called Pepkor who own retail companies across UK, Europe, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. This led me to meet other freelancers and I started freelancing for small companies as well, mainly in trend research. This year I start doing my MA in History of Design part-time alongside my freelance work.

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fad finalist Charlotte Goodayle

For the fifth year running we have a finalist in the Fashion Awareness Direct competition. Charlotte Goodayle will be showing her work on the catwalk at London Fashion Week in February with the other finalists and for the judges to select the winner. The brief for this year’s competition was ‘ A Sense of Place’, finding beauty in the everyday and mundane. Charlotte took inspiration from objects washed up on the banks of the River Thames she sees whilst walking her dogs.

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Private View of ‘Cut to Suit’: A lesson in humility

Being a third year, I guess you kind of feel that you are at the top of the food chain. You’ve spent the last two years learning and honing in on your craft, developing an aesthetic and working with the tutors and technicians. However, the Private View of ‘Cut to Suit’ served as a timely and humbling reminder to keep you on your toes.

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CUT TO SUIT project

Once a ubiquitous sight, the tailored suit is now fast disappearing from many workplaces and wardrobes, to be replaced by a uniform of denim and jersey. But far from being reserved solely for bank managers, ushers and funeral directors, tailoring can be innovative, cutting edge and directional.

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Jacqueline Keinath

I was very fortunate to have a great start into my career with the opportunity to start as a Design Assistant to the Head Designer at Triumph, an International Lingerie Company based in Germany. Working very closely together on many projects, I was able to learn a lot from her and was promoted to Junior Designer just under a year being with the company. Now I have the chance to work on a small collection and design the garments as well as design prints and finding colour concepts.

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Year O Visit the Louis Vuitton Exhibition

The Fashion Design year O students jumped on the train to London last week and made their way to 180 Strand to see the Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition.

The series 3 exhibition profiles Nicholas Ghesquiere’s autumn/ winter 2015/2016 collection for Louis Vuitton, as well as giving us a glimpse into the production of it’s iconic products. ‘ Series 3 is a sensorial journey, venturing deep into the designer’s soul and an artisan’s heart.’

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First year Introduction

Monday 21st September was the briefing to all Fashion Design students. Let the research begin!

First year students were given an impromptu homework task during the induction week – to make, customise or recycle a garment over the weekend to bring to their briefing. Here is a selection of the garments produced: a rag knitted waistcoat by Jeanette Carlton-Carew, fluro dungarees by Brody Randall, customised denim by Adeloa Elugbadebo-Solomons, lined jacket by Michaela Punnet and customised printed asymmetric shirt by Faye Cochran.

The first design project began with a Fashion Trail in Spitalfields, Brick Lane and Cheshire Street in London. During the trip, students sourced vintage garments that act as a starting point for their first design projects.

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graduate fashion week 2015

UCA Rochester had it’s catwalk show on day one of Graduate Fashion Week. The venue was packed to the rafters, clearly word had got out that it was not to be missed! The show profiled the work of twelve of our talented Fashion Design students amongst students from Fashion Textiles and Fashion Atelier. The collections were incredibly strong, showing a diversity of styles and really celebrating the individuality of our students. Our reputation for clever cutting was very evident but this year we have witnessed an emergence of amazing fabric development techniques and embellishment with innovative knitting, weaving, printing, embroidery and laser cutting.

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fashion design rochester internal show 2015

On 20th May the whole of the Fashion Design team , staff and students, travelled to London to put on our annual end of year catwalk shows. For the first time students from years one and two showed their design work as well as the final year collections. The students did us proud! It was a fabulous event demonstrating the amazing talent on the UCA Fashion Design course. Year one catwalk included the live project for River Island which, considering it is the second project the students do, was really strong. They also showed the final project, ‘A Cut Above’, demonstrating some amazing design work and creative cutting. Year two showed the live project they had been working on for Nexy.Co, a high end Chinese design company. They worked in teams creating a mini collection each, which were a triumph of creativity and sophistication. The final year collections this year were the most diverse we have ever seen and as strong as ever marrying innovation, technical expertise and, for some, agreat sense of fun!

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