News, Textile Design

By Sophie Hawkesford – Print Designer
BA (Hons) Textile Design Graduate 2014
Embroidery Lecturer and Textile Artist Zoë Hillyard recently curated her first Solo Exhibition ‘Balancing Tensions’ at Anthropologie’s Kings Road Gallery, London from Thursday 7th September to Sunday 22nd October. Zoë is known for her work in ceramic patchwork; a contemporary technique whereby broken ceramics are reconstructed using fine fabrics and impeccable hand stitching. The show contains an alluring collection of colourful and mismatched vessels in all shapes and sizes.

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In conjunction with London Design Festival Zoë hosted an event where she invited members of the public to come and stitch an art piece with her, asking the question ‘What do you treasure?’ At the end of the live event Zoë combined the stitched fabrics to mend a broken ceramic vessel, creating a collaborative version of her work for the Anthropologie gallery. Continue Reading
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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.
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Costume Design and Practice, News

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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Student, Textile Design

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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Fashion Branding and Communication, Fashion Business and Promotion, Student

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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Fashion Design, News

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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Staff Profile

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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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Fashion Business and Promotion, News

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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Fashion Business and Promotion, Student

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.
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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 on to 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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