Costume Design and Practice, Student

by Atena Ameri
BA (Hons) Costume Design and Practice
Atena AmeriAn industry placement provides the perfect opportunity to gain work experience and test your knowledge in the fashion environment.
We spoke with BA (Hons) Fashion Design with Design for Performance student Atena Ameri to learn more about her placement year at Birmingham Royal Ballet.
How did you find and secure your placement?
Birmingham Royal Ballet were looking for a student designer from the university and I replied to an email they sent to Claudia, who is a Lecturer at the School of Fashion and Textiles. I went for an interview and brought along my portfolio to showcase a variety of design work and garments.

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Fashion Design, Student

IMG_8939An industry work placement is a great opportunity to put the skills your develop on your course to practice in a real-life fashion environment.
We caught up with BA (Hons) Fashion Design student Josephine Goh about working overseas with major high street retailer H&M during the second year of her course.
Where did you do your placement and for how long?
I completed a 3 month paid placement at H&M’s Head Office in Stockholm, Sweden, as a Menswear Design Assistant. I wanted to work for a high street brand and experience working abroad so this internship was perfect for me.

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Fashion Design, Graduates

Fashion Design Graduate, Charlotte Illidge, had a fantastic final year at University, culminating with her Final Collection being shown at Graduate Fashion Week. We caught up with Charlotte to find out more about her journey after graduation, her graduate design role and how she stays motivated and inspired to create fresh content for her fashion blog The Style Archive.
Photo Credit: Katie Lester
Photo Credit: Katie Lester
What have you been up to since graduating and showing at Graduate Fashion Week?
I’ve done few interviews about my Final Collection at University, but it’s mainly been editorial shoots with photographers and stylists who’ve wanted to use my pieces. Seeing my designs in editorial work has been really cool! Alongside this, I worked in retail whilst searching for a graduate design job.
Photo Credit: Pause Mag
Photo Credit: Pause Mag

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Costume Design and Practice, Fashion Design, Garment Technology

By Chloe Thorn
BA (Hons) Fashion Design Graduate
So, this post is for anybody interested in applying for BA (Hons) Fashion Design, Costume Design & Practice and Garment Technology courses at Birmingham City University.
To support your application you will be asked to bring your portfolio to an Applicant Taster Day. Your portfolio is a fantastic opportunity to show who you are beyond your paper application. It’s about your creative ability and your potential. You may not have studied a fashion specific course yet, so understandably you may be unsure about what to include in your portfolio.
It is important to understand that portfolios are subjective so what you choose to include is up to you, but if you’re struggling with ideas of what to include or how to structure it take a look at the following guidance:
If you need any more help or information about creating your portfolio head to our School of Fashion and Textiles website.
Fashion Design, Graduates

By Sophie Hawkesford – Print Designer
BA (Hons) Textile Design Graduate 2014
R O S I E  D E N N I N G T O N, a graduate of our School of Fashion and Textiles has showcased her  ‘ W A N D E R L U S T ’  bridal wear collection at London Fashion Week for the first time, featuring a diverse range of models. image1


A F T E R  graduating in 2013, specialising in Fashion Design and a pathway in Performance , Rosie joined the Prince’s Trust to help increase her Rosie Red Corsetry and Couture business opportunities – she highly recommends their Enterprise Course. As a result of her involvement with the charity, Rosie, one of ten applicants chosen by the youth charity, was able to make her bridal wear catwalk debut.

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Fashion Business and Promotion, Fashion Design, Graduates, Student

By Kyri Kallis-Panesar
First year BA (Hons) Fashion Business and Promotion student
Last Saturday I was fortunate enough to be offered the opportunity to attend a catwalk show by BA (Hons) Fashion Design graduates who took to the runway at Birmingham New Street Station. Directed by the internationally acclaimed Birmingham City University alumnus Lee Lapthorne, the catwalk featured twelve collections of high-end fashion produced by BCU students.
Jemma Farley collection- Kyri
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Fashion Design, Graduates, News

By Sophie Hawkesford – Print Designer
BA (Hons) Textile Design Graduate 2014
Last month BCU Fashion Design graduate, Rhys Ellis, unveiled his Spring / Summer 2018 collection ‘White Horses’ at London’s Dray Walk Gallery.
Since graduating in 2016 and showing his coffee capsule collection at Graduate Fashion Week, Rhys has enjoyed a high level of success and exposure, including exhibiting his work at Selfridges Birmingham and The Clothes Show Live. Rhys chose to debut his second collection in an intimate presentation opposite the Old Truman Brewery, the venue where his first collection was so well-received. After the success of his first collection I jumped at the chance to go and see how Rhys has developed his practise and the impression he is making in the fashion world.
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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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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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