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.
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.
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.
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.
Fashion Design Rochester students Moraine Cron and Loren Stennings reflect on their trip to Barcelona to visit Stradivarius
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Fashion Design year 2 students recently began the design element for their Thinking It, Cutting It project, by completing a 2-day group workshop entitled Ready Steady Cut.
At the initial project briefing everyone was given a Designer label renowned for using experimental and unexpected approaches to design. Over the 2 days, the students worked in small groups united by their appreciation and understanding of the designer and faced the challenge of recreating an outfit from a selected image as a professionally finished toile.
At the end of the 2nd day, everyone took part in the voting to decide which group had best captured their given designer’s aesthetic. Whilst the results were amazing from all groups, sadly though there could only be one winner. Congratulations & well done to the Maison Martin Margiela Group … Georgia, Charlotte, Ilona, Alex & Natalie.
We are very excited to announce that Katarina Lindell, a final year student on BA Fashion Design, has got through to the finals of the Fashion Awareness Direct competition. The brief this year was to design a ‘mini-collection’ of two outfits, menswear or womenswear, which explores the commonalities of physics and design. Students were encouraged to seek parallels with a scientist’s approach, to conduct their own experiments and to develop processes which provoke discovery and thought.
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.
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:
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
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