by Grace Bentley
Second-year BA (Hons) Fashion Design


When I discovered the archive collection, the Honeysuckle dress was the first item that increased its significance in my mind to being the culturally valuable collection it subsequently became.  For me it’s the ‘poster dress’  of the collection.

Louise Chapman
Lecturer, BA (Hons) Costume, Design and Practice. BCU-Fashion-Textiles-189

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by Loren Evans
Final year Textile Design student specialising in weave


It’s that time of year…

We’re currently in the middle of the most daunting part of our degree…

F  I  N  A  L

M  A  J  O  R

P  R  O  J  E  C  T!

Most of us feel daunted because for the first time in our course – BA (Hons) Textile Design – we have TOTAL autonomy. While this is an exciting prospect, it’s also nerve-wracking as we’re used to having briefs and some direction to follow…so now we’re entering uncharted waters!

Ordinarily this alone is a big challenge to take on, but I decided to take an even more challenging road…

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by Bekki Brennan
Final year BA (Hons) Fashion Design student


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Described by as an ‘undeniable springboard,’ the Fashion Awareness Direct (FAD) competition with Missoni was first introduced to me as part of a research module during the first term of my final year. To make it to the finalist shortlist was such an amazing feeling!

The brief?  To develop a concept based on European artists, involving a particular art movement.


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by Lydia Yeabsley
Second year BA (Hons) Fashion Business and Promotion student


For a fashion student there’s no better professional development than a placement at one of the country’s leading high street brands. 

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I spent two months in total swapping seminars for social media, lectures for client-liaising and Netflix for Next.

Whether you’re a prospective student, a fashion enthusiast or involved in the industry, here are the five things I learned about myself whilst on industry placement at Next…

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by Chloe Watling
First-year BA (Hons) Textile Design student

Paris was one of the best trips I’ve ever experienced, and is a must-go-to city. It was four days jam-packed with amazing experiences from the Premiere Vision event, to the Eiffel Tower, to wine and snails!

One of the best aspects of the trip was being able to experience Paris with friends. We found the best way to explore the city was by hiring bikes and being our own tour guides! It’s a cheap and exciting way to find your way around.
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Beth Howcroft-Davies
Second-year BA (Hons) Fashion Business and Promotion student

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Ever heard the phrase “You need experience to get experience?”

It’s born from the fact that employers want to know their staff understand the business environment as well as the theory behind it.

One of the most exciting elements of our course is seeing our students go out into industry to do just that.
It’s their chance to build CV experience, grow their network and discover how to apply the knowledge they’re gaining here to the professional environment.

Coming from industry myself, I know how rewarding a great internship can be! That’s why industry placements are so important to us.

Our second year students have recently completed three-week placements across a mixed range of fashion businesses, bringing back a wealth of experience and insight to develop their projects and CVs.

Beth worked hard to land a fantastic internship with best-selling fashion weekly, LOOK magazine. 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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Last month we were delighted to welcome our former student Emma J Shipley, back to the School of Fashion and Textiles to talk to us about her impressive and inspirational career achievements to-date since graduating from BCU in Textile Design.


An incredibly talented, award-winning textile designer and graphic artist, specialising in fine drawing, luxury scarves and cushions, Emma was keen to share her experiences with our current students to offer lots of insight, tips and advice on the road to achieving success. Continue Reading


Here, you’ll find students, staff and alumni doing just that.


At the School of Fashion and Textiles, we push the boundaries. We explore, challenge and add to the breadth and vibrancy of our rich and varied sector.

Every individual student experience is a different journey, which across 14 courses leads to a wealth of creativity and expertise that we just have to share.

One thing we’ll always share is our School… 

This blog is the new home for our community of aspirational, innovative, creative individuals.  It’s about sharing our experiences and visionary ideas with each other, the industry and the world.

What we’ll be sharing:

Student Experience – student points of view. Shared advice, tips, learnings, experimental work etc. Here’s where students really inspire each other, our school community and the world.

Comment – gain a deeper perspective on current events and industry news with topical commentary from our School experts.

News – hear about events and life on campus at our amazing Parkside building and around our inspiring, fashion front-running city of Birmingham.

Profile – discover our teaching staff, their areas of expertise and industry experience.

Get ready to  C H A L L E N G E   and  R E D E F I N E  how you think about fashion and textiles.

We are the School of Fashion and Textiles and this is our blog.


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