The annual MA Fashion show, Vision for the Future , marked its fourth anniversary this year at BCU, flexing the talents of our Fashion Masters courses.

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21 MA Fashion Design students showcased their collections, while MA Fashion Management, MA Fashion Promotion and MA Fashion Styling students took key roles in organising the spectacular event, fuelled by student man power and talent, against the challenge of no event budget.

The fashion show is key in the grand finale of our course and gives students an experience of creative production on a live project which they can take away as a show reel as part of their portfolio. Supporting Cancer Research UK, the show raised £430 for charity.

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After the show the 120 guests drank Prosecco and perused in the MA Gallery,  purchasing MA students’ merchandise from the shop. Goodie bags were created by Textile-Design technician, Kelly-Marie and her army of kind helpers. They made the bags from recycled print cloth and printed and embroidered them in house, filling them with Kiehls goodies which were kindly donated by the brand.

It was definitely an entertaining evening and marks the strengths of how the fashion courses at BCU intertwine, collaborate and synergise with industry.

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by Lou Howlett
Final year BA (Hons) Costume Design and Practice

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‘D    E    S    T    I    N    A    T    I    O    N    S  is a unique opportunity for performance design graduates from across the UK to showcase their work to a wider professional and public audience.’

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B    A    C    K    during the hustle and bustle of completing projects and final submissions, a group of us from the School of Fashion and Textiles and the School of Visual Communication were approached with the opportunity to exhibit our work at ‘Destinations‘, at the Oxo Tower in London.

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by Chloe Watling

First year BA (Hons) Textile Design

With finishing my first year I wanted to see the Fashion and Textiles graduate show here at BCU and also visit the national New Designers exhibition in London to keep me busy with creative ideas and motivation to produce work over the summer.

The work on display from graduating Fashion and Textile students at BCU was truly an eye-opening experience to see the standard of work and journey they have experienced through their degree.

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                   (Image: School of Fashion and Textiles  Graduate Show, 2017)

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Our BA (Hons) Fashion Branding and Communication course opens students up to a variety of fashion-related jobs, ranging from fashion journalism and brand management, to styling and photo-shoot production.

Paige (who is about to graduate) is taking the trend-forecasting and styling skills she’s recently gained to set up her own publishing business.

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Before she escapes for the summer, we squeezed in a quick Q & A to find out more….

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by Jason Johns
BA (Hons) Fashion Design Lecturer

Earlier this month, a group of our final year BA (Hons) Fashion Design students headed down to London, to feature their collections on the Graduate Fashion Week catwalk. Lecturer, Jason Johns, worked backstage with students and technicians to organise models and complete final fittings for the prestigious show. Take a look at his round-up of the backstage frenzy in the build-up to the runway…

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Where and what did you study?

I have come full circle in my career as I actually studied the course I now lecture, BA (Hons) Fashion Business and Promotion, previously known as Fashion Retail Management at Birmingham City University. It has been six years since I graduated so it’s really great to see how the course has evolved and remains at the forefront of developments within the industry. It also gives me a great understanding of being both a student and lecturer on the course, which really helps me engage with our students, as I can literally say I was once in their shoes.

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by Sophie Johnson
Lecturer in BA (Hons) Fashion Business and Promotion 

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Graduate Fashion Week is one of the most important weeks in any fashion institution’s academic calendar. Every year we set up in London to celebrate the successes of our graduates, showcasing portfolios and catwalks to the eyes of the media, journalists and fashionistas.

While BA (Hons) Fashion Design students host a fabulous catwalk show, BA (Hons) Fashion Business and Promotion students are put forward for prestigious awards and every year we celebrate several nominations.

This year was exceptional.

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by Searlait Golby
First year BA (Hons) Fashion Business and Promotion student

Today I sit down with Charnice Blaize, a 22-year-old student from Northampton, who has quite literally, K I L L E D  I T throughout her entire time at University.

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Currently finishing her final major project in her third year of Fashion Business and Promotion at BCU, Charnice has tons of experience from working in the River Island head office, to interning for Tinie Tempah himself.

After finding out she has achieved a first in every single one of her projects, I had to sit down with her and ask her, how has she done it? Continue Reading

Perception Magazine – My Final Major Project

by Evie Williams, Final year student

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Following your dreams, is something we hope to do in life.

What a pleasure to work with Evie in her final year, as she has journeyed through her life experiences, passions and knowledge. She has drawn them together and followed her dreams to make a dynamic, innovative, exciting final project.

I am sure she will go onto thrive in industry and I look forward to seeing her career develop and dreams unfold.

Lindsay Pressdee, Course Director, BA (Hons) Fashion Branding and Communication.

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I’m 23, just about to finish uni and go out into the real world. When I first started the course, I never dreamed of pursuing a career in journalism or PR in London. Now I have the confidence to do this! I also want to make my Final Major Project a reality, but I’ll tell you all about that in a moment! First I have to tell you why I created it.

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I’ve been asked a few times how I came up with the idea and I think subconsciously it was because of what I’ve been through…

When I was 21, I was suddenly taken ill and ended up being admitted onto a stroke ward, which was really frightening.   Whilst I was there, I was lucky to receive regular visits from my friends and family, who bought me plenty of magazines to read whilst I recovered. Why wouldn’t you? It’s a perfect thing to bring for a Fashion Student! However, my illness meant that at the time, I found it difficult to concentrate properly and it was very hard for me to read the magazines. I remember feeling incredibly frustrated as I just couldn’t engage with the magazine content.

So fast forward two years to when  I started to plan for my Final Major Project. I started to think about what would make an original angle within fashion communication that I could focus on.   It was my personal experience in hospital that helped me find a unique approach.  I decided to create a new fashion magazine for the visually impaired…

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by Elle Stancill
Second year BA (Hons) Fashion Business and Promotion student

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Coming from an industry background myself, I know how important  work placements are!  That’s why we dedicate so much time and effort to them throughout our courses.

Our second year students have recently completed their own industry placements across a mixed range of fashion businesses, providing them with a huge amount of experiences, developing their  CVs and of course, their university projects.

Employers want to know their staff understand the business environment as well as the theory behind it. Our students go out into industry and do just that.

It’s a chance to build CV experience,  create contacts and  apply the knowledge they’re gaining here to the workplace.  That’s why we push them to do it.   

Elle  recently took on a work placement of a different nature.  She spent three weeks with Fashion Blogger Kavita Donkersley at She wears Fashion.  Hear about her experience and top tips!…

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Sophie Johnson Lecturer in BA (Hons) Fashion Business and Promotion  

 

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