The final project of the second year is a live professional brief in collaboration with industry. In this project, students work 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 designing and making their garments. The design teams are made up of both Fashion Design and Textile:Print students, and they can choose to design either womenswear, menswear or a combination of both. The project culminates in a ‘shop’ presentation and a fund-raising fashion show, which is organised and produced by the students, raising money to fund their third year collections.
In 2013 the project was in collaboration with the international brand Reiss. The project was set and introduced by Reiss creative director, James Spreckley. During the project, the pattern-cutting team from Reiss assisted students with fittings and toile reviews. The sophisticated, contemporary identity of the brand was embraced by the students and this resulted in outstanding final work.
This live group project is a unique opportunity for students to experience working in a design team, collaborating with textile designers, and producing exciting creative work to exacting industry standards.