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.
Design selection takes place in January. River Island will be back in for this to give their verdict on the designs chosen before students start creating design prototypes. Students must then make an outfit to compliment their design range. The project culminates in a pop up shop showcasing the best of the work produced and a selection of garments shown at the end of year fashion show.