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 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.
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.
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.
Christchurch is the most beautiful church situated in the heart of Spitalfields in East-London and our chosen venue to present the end of the year Fashion Design show. This year there were 3 shows; Show 1 showcased a selection of Year 1 and the work of Year 2’s collaboration with Asos Marketplace. Show 2 and Show 3 presented the final year student collections. Six outfits from each student to define their aesthetic and ultimate vision of their own concept.
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.
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.
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.
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!
For the past three months, year 1 Fashion Design Rochester students have been working on a live project for River Island. In December 2014, Knitwear Designer, Gemma Murphy and Senior Menswear Designer Blake Robson came to UCA, Rochester to present 11 trends across Womenswear and Menswear. Trends included Urban Provocateur, Francoise Cool, Glam Rock for womenswear and Rustic Workshop and Minimal Lines for Menswear.
Fashion Design Rochester year 1 students are currently completing a live design project for River Island. As part of this, students have the opportunity to design either women’s or menswear for the brand based on one of the 11 pre-specified trends. The project began with a market and trend workshop, followed by a styling workshop, led by ex Liberty womenswear buyer, Alex Styliandis Mathie. Students were asked to bring in garments, jewellery, accessories and their camera to start their design journey.
For their current project, Fashion Design students were asked to visit Brick Lane, Spitalfields and Portobello Market and buy a vintage garment that inspired them to develop a collection. Students chose an array of different styles and different decades and began by creating a concept wall to develop their ideas.
Fashion Promotion students are working on ‘Style: Past, Present & Future’ project that entails working in teams to research and shoot 4 fashion editorial images for a selection of fashion designers and brands.
Fashion Design Year 1 students enrolled on Wednesday and had their induction to Contextual Studies. In the afternoon, the students were invited to a creative workshop. Groups of 3 students were given a word and were asked to create an inspiration board that summed up their word. After completing the boards, all of the students were asked to select the correct word to each board. The words were: Intelligent, Poignant, Divine, Abstract, Tiny, Vivid and Civilised. The one with the most points won! What do you think the words were for these boards?
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.