Student, Textile Design

By Katie Turton
Final year BA (Hons) Textile Design
Head shotThe opportunity to write a guest blog for Scarlet Opus, who specialise in consumer and design trend forecasting, came during my second year when we got to our work placement module.
The module is all about finding a 4-week work placement. Whilst at first this felt like a daunting task of finding somewhere that would take me on, the more I searched the further I got. My interests lie within the interior trend forecasting industry, so I contacted many companies asking for the opportunity of a placement, until I secured one at a trend forecasting company up in Newcastle.
However, one other company, Scarlet Opus, also got in touch to say that wasn’t the right timing for a placement with them,  but that they were very much interested in staying in touch with me after seeing my digital portfolio!
So, why did I contact the company again over summer?
I decided that because Scarlet Opus had offered to stay in touch with me, it was only right for me to take them up on this chance. I think it’s important to grab opportunities with both hands and take them whilst you can, so over the summer I took photos of the new work I had completed since first emailing Scarlet Opus and made a new digital portfolio for them to view.
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What did you study at University?
I did my degree in BA (Hons) Fashion Retail Buying. I graduated just as the recession hit the UK when the job market was struggling,  so I moved to New York for 7 months to pursue an Internship to differentiate my experience from my peers.
I then enrolled on an MA in Fashion & Textiles (part-time)  a year later. As my study was part-time, I was able to spend 6 months working for a Trend Forecasting company in Paris. I then achieved a Distinction in my MA (showing off now!). Continue Reading
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.


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
Fashion Business and Promotion, News

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


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

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Fashion Design, News, Student

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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Fashion Business and Promotion, 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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