From September 2014 the Fashion Design course will be offering the opportunity for students to study on a year 0. This will be a specialist fashion focused preparatory year mainly aimed at applicants applying directly from school who are confident they wish to study fashion design and need to build up the knowledge and skills required for entry on to a BA programme. Year 0 will enable students to explore the creative design process through a series of projects that will encourage the development of a robust approach to research and design. The emphasis will be on exploration and experimentation which will push students creatively and give them the confidence and skills to undertake the rigours of the BA programme in subsequent years. Students will be introduced to methods of research to enable an informed and innovative approach their design process and will explore portfolio techniques to develop design communication.
It is now an annual tradition at Rochester for first and second year students to put on a fashion show at the end of the academic year and this year’s show was better than ever. Students from first year showcased both their live ‘Warehouse Project’ garments and beautiful draped dresses from the ‘Cut Above’ Project. The second years surpassed themselves, designing fantastic collections of casual product for Tommy Hilfiger Denim, which was their live group project this year. A new addition to the show this year were the ‘Fashion Design Rochester Awards’ with prizes being given for best sketchbooks, use of colour and fabric, Gerber, illustration, pattern, production and special commendations for attitude towards study. As always the show was produced, modelled, styled and promoted by the students themselves to raise funds for their third year graduate show. It was a fantastic evening, which allowed friends and family the chance to see excellent creative student work.
The Fashion Design course showcased the collections of some of the latest crop of talented final years students at Graduate Fashion Week on Sunday 1st June. The venue moved to the Truman Brewery in the heart of London’s fashionable Shoreditch this year, which was definitely a very positive move. The catwalk set was a bit of a nod to Tim Walker with a backdrop of the spines of giant sized sketchbooks, each labelled with the names of all the students showing.
This project began with a series of lectures to investigate the impact of Postmodernism on society in general and how this has influenced the world of Fashion Design. All of the Year 2 students were allocated a selection of designers who have used this influence to create very experimental design ideas. Using their personal research into each specific designer and the postmodernist principles they have used, the students experimented with more creative cutting techniques to create their own innovative contemporary range of ideas. The final results were really exciting and demonstrated how the students had come to understand these designers and their inspirations.
Year 1 and 2 students travelled to Paris to soak up the atmosphere during Paris Fashion Week. The new Dries Van Noten exhibition opened on the Saturday so students were one of the first to view the designer’s first ever exhibition. The Fashion Museum also had ‘Papier Glace’ a retrospective of fashion photography. Students also took in the sights, visiting the Eiffel tour by night, Notre Dame and the Sacre Couer. Shopping highlights were Merci, Colette and the famous Flea market..and buying macaroons from Laduree.
Please take a peek at the final garments from our recent exciting collaboration with Warehouse. Student chose ‘Stratospheric, Fly Girl, Parade or Sentinel to design a collection for Spring Summer 2014. Students created a pop up shop to present their garments and accompanying portfolio pages to Warehouse’s Senior Designer, Alex Black. Feedback given was very positive with several students pinpointed for possible work experience.
Two students from Fashion Design Rochester have been shortlisted for the finals of the National Tailoring & Design Awards 2014 for their men’s tailoring portfolios. The awards are arranged by Savile Row Training Academy and aimed at design students and graduates in the UK, with prizes including work placements within the fashion industry, professional photo shoots, £1000 worth of fabrics and £1000 cash.
Alex Black, tailoring designer from Warehouse came to visit the Fashion Department at Rochester to look at a selection of work from the current design collaboration with the leading high street brand. Students showed their design boards, sketchbooks and their working drawings of the final outfit they wish to make to represent 1 of the 4 trends they are designing for. Watch this space to see the final outfits and final design boards.
Year 2 students hit the ground running with an intense 9 week tailoring project “Made to Measure”. Following detailed personal research students designed a full 16 outfit tailored collection for both Mens and womenswear. The challenge of the project was to create innovative, contemporary tailoring designs, whilst also mastering the technical complexities of creating a tailored jacket from scratch. The results were really impressive and demonstrated the wealth of knowledge and skills developed during the project.
As part of their Thinking It, Cutting It unit, the second year students completed a two day workshop titled Ready Steady Cut. As part of this, students worked in small groups united by their appreciation and understanding of the designer they were given at the briefing. Each group was be allocated an image demonstrating their designer’s creativity and the task was to
Fashion Design Rochester year 3 student, Johanna Wahlman is through to the final of the FAD competition. Seventeen talented finalists from eleven universities across the UK have been selected for the 2014 FAD Competition final at Fashion Scout in February 2014. Johanna describes her FAD collection as:
First year students were introduced to their first design project; Tools of the Trade. The project is centred around shirts and for their first workshop they were asked to portray a word with shirts. Students were put into groups and then given a word and were invited to consider new ways to document their word. Shirts could be folded, tucked, pinned, restyled, layered or even worn to represent their given word. A selection of the words given: prim, ostentatious, asymmetrical, voluminous, quirky, undone.
The end of year 1 and 2 show was produced and promoted by the second year students to raise money for their final year show. It showcased work produced for a Live Year 2 project with Reiss and a selection of work from a Year 1 live project with Warehouse. It was open to the public, taking place in the expansive foyer space of the university. These backstage images show students involved in fittings, hair and make-up, styling and just about to ‘walk’.
13 Fashion Design students got the opportunity to showcase their final collections at the esteemed Rochester Graduate Fashion Week show to members of press and fashion industry. Thomass Atkinson, Head of Fashion at UCA, said: “The School of Fashion at UCA Rochester is renowned for its creative cutting and focus on print
The first year culminates in a modelling project, titled ‘A Cut Above’. THis unit introduces students to the complexities of draping on the stand and transferring designs to paper. This project deals with the designer market and walks students through how to adapt their design understanding for different market levels.
The final project of the second year is a live professional brief in collaboration with industry. In this project, students working in design teams to research, edit, design, manufacture and present an eight outfit final collection. The students conduct research, identifying competitors, market level and price points before
On the 8th May 2013, 3rd year Fashion Design students showed their final collections alongside Fashion Atelier and Fashion Textiles: Print students in Christ Church Spitalfields in East-London. During the 3 shows that took place over the course of a day, over a hundred students across the three courses took the opportunity
First fear students were invited to work with the iconic high street brand, Warehouse. The Senior Jersey designer from the brand introduced four trends – Flounce, NYC Grunge, Masai & Binary – and the assignment was to build an individual but appropriate concept to design a range of garments based on the trends.
Lucinda Roberts, 3rd year student BA (hons) Fashion Design, was a finalist in a student competition organised by Fashion Awareness Direct (FAD) at Fashion Scout. More than 100 students submitted their designs this year but only 15 get to bring their sketches to life and show them on the catwalk in front of a panel