University of Lincoln final year fashion student, Jemma Woodcock, was awarded 1st Prize in a festival-themed Urban Outfitters International Design Competition.
The competition had three categories; bag, shoe and dress, and Jemma produced the winning entry in the bag category. The brief required students to ‘Design the most covetable carry-all that carries-on any plane, train, or automobile’.
When interviewed Jemma explained that “Versatile grunge was the inspiration behind my bag design. I felt that it was crucial for any fashion conscious individual to be prepared for anything and everything when travelling from one festival to the next”.
She explained that the bag “combines distressed suede, tan leather and a contrasting quirky zip fastening" resulting in an item with broad appeal.
Jemma won a $1000 cash prize and has had her bag manufactured in high volume and sold in Urban Outfitters stores and online.
The experience so far has been challenging but enjoyable, it is amazing how much I have learnt and grown since September. Esme, 1st year
Laura-Amy Carr a third-year University of Lincoln fashion student, was awarded a bursary from the Society of Dyers & Colourists to carry out work in sustainability and environmental design.
Her final year garment collection, "The Good Life and 21st Century Self Sufficiency" is a collection of trans-seasonal luxury casual wear for women, influenced by the post-war era of "make do and mend". The collection consists of loose layers, natural fabrics and muted colours.
“I have tried to combine 21st century processes such as laser cutting and laser engraving with experimentation on natural products, to achieve an innovative and original look to my collection. I have even tried knitting with my dog’s fur, which is a bit tricky” said Laura-Amy.
The University is very student friendly and has a good atmosphere. Tiffany, 2nd year
Second year undergraduate Kerri Plumtree secured second place in a global competition hosted by Tartan designer GreyFriars to coincide with the first Edinburgh Fashion Week.
Kerri’s tartan design was selected as one of only 13 finalists, and her finished product was styled and presented on the professional catwalk. She said: “Seeing your final piece on the catwalk gives you such a great buzz. Having spent so much time working on each individual garment and for so long seeing them on static mannequins, it is wonderful to see them move as you intended and really come to life.”
Kerri’s design is a sleeveless dress with a high structured collar that runs over the shoulder and down the back. The dress has a panelled front and fullness added into the skirt, with godet’s giving a luxurious drape and plenty of movement, and is longer at the back than at the front. The dress is fully lined with an exposed zip at the back and is accessorised with a tartan flat cap, also lined and hand finished.
Fashion students can now take advice from Matt Kinley, an award-winning set, costume and prop designer whose work has appeared in several hit West End and Broadway productions.
Matt is acting as an industry mentor for undergraduates on the BA (Hons) Fashion programme in Lincoln’s School of Fine & Performing Arts.
Matt initially visited the University in December 2015 to present a lecture about his work and to advise current third-year students in advance of their end-of-year Fashion Show which was staged at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre on 27th May 2016.
Matt said: "I hope I gave the students one or two ideas as it’s important for students to be versatile. When I started studying I wanted to be an illustrator. I never thought I would work in theatre. It was great to be in Lincoln. I had heard a lot about the ideas for course and it will be good to follow the progress of the students. I wish them good luck."
Read more about Matt in our related press release.
Lincoln is a beautiful city to live in and has a safe vibe to it. Amy, 1st year