4th June 2009, 9:43am
Fashion students have designs on success
Jennifer Davies Aspiring young designers from the University’s BA (Hons) Fashion Studies programme showcased their final year collections in a series of sell-out shows at the Engine Shed.

Inspiration for the collections included the circus, Gaudi, Sci-Fi, comic books and graphic novels, Japanese culture, the colours of flowers and the shapes of insects, and ancient Roman architecture.

Awards were presented at the evening’s VIP show, which was hosted by BBC presenter, Judy Theobold.

Winner of the Lancôme award for her collection entitled Coralline was Jennifer Davies. She said “I’m so overwhelmed; I didn’t think I’d get an award.”

Twenty-one year-old Siobhan Noon, whose collection was entitled Modern Geisha, won the Debenhams Design award for professionalism. She said: “I can’t single out one part of the course that was better than the rest, it has all been great. The final year has been hard work but very enjoyable and I’ve certainly developed my time management skills. I’ll keep in touch with so many people I’ve met here – it’s been a wonderful experience.”

Carol Brown, Principal Lecturer in Fashion Studies and head of the fashion show, said: “The fashion show is the culmination of three years’ hard work and dedication by students on the BA (Hons) Fashion Studies course. People see these wonderful clothes but forget that the students have also produced many assignments and a 10,000 word dissertation.

“Now the students will head off into a variety of careers, whether focusing on design or moving into the business side of fashion – there are so many roles in the industry.”

The University’s fashion department has support throughout the year from the industry through sponsorship, work placements and live project briefs. Sponsors for this year’s fashion show included: Lancôme, Debenhams, Primark, Talking Heads, Agatha, Brandfour and TRB Marquees.
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