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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Graduates, Textile Design

By Laura Hyden – Print Designer
BA (Hons) Textile Design Graduate 2014
Guest blogger Laura Hyden recently launched her first collaborative wallpaper, with London-based, interior design studio Muck n Brass. Laura explains how a chance sighting on Instagram led to a collaboration and the beginning of a design partnership.
After finishing my BA (Hons) in Textile design at BCU I was determined to find myself a job in the industry and knew more than ever that this was the right path for me. After 6 months of contacting different companies and trying to get my work seen, I was offered a job as a print designer at a company near to my hometown. I gained a wealth of invaluable experience and knowledge of the industry and also gained a lot of confidence in myself as a designer.
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After a year I felt like I needed to extend my skills so I started working as a freelance print designer for a print studio who specialise in designing predominantly for wallpaper and bedding. This was exactly the role I needed to build on my knowledge of creating larger designs that were in repeat to certain manufacturing specifications. The designs were sold worldwide to a vast range of clients and this is how I came to be in contact with Zoe from Muck n Brass.

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Graduates, Textile Design

Interviewed by Sophie Hawkesford – Print Designer
BA (Hons) Textile Design Graduate 2014
We caught up with Adriana Gentile, BA (Hons) Textile Design graduate (2013), to learn more about her journey in setting up luxury homewares brand, Adriana Homewares.
Tell us about your role as Founder of Adriana Homewares. How would you describe your normal working day?
My role as founder is mainly focused on coming up with designs for the fabrics. I spend a lot of time liaising with the manufacturers while our fabrics are being produced.
I start by creating a design on my floor loom and then choose a colour palette, from my Pantone swatches. From there I take my ideas through each stage of the manufacturing process working closely with the manufacturers, to create the finished piece.  Getting fabrics produced is quite a lengthy process so that takes up a lot of my time.

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Graduates, Textile Design

Interviewed by Sophie Hawkesford – Print Designer
BA (Hons) Textile Design Graduate 2014
I took some time to catch up with Textile Design Graduate, B R O N A G H  T E A G U E , to discuss her exciting, international career in South East Asia.
B R O N A G H  graduated in 2 0 1 4, specialising in Constructed Textiles and has gone from strength to strength in the silk weaving industry, working for design giants Jim Thompson and Soie de Lune.

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Since graduating what industry experiences / roles have you had?
After graduating from the Textile Design course, specialising in Constructed Textiles I moved to Laos, South East Asia to work as a Textile Designer and Business Development consultant at  S O I E  D E  L U N E , a silk hand-weaving business that provides luxurious textiles to interior designers. Inspired by native Laotian designs and textures, I was immediately drawn to the exquisite level of hand-weaving that I’d never quite seen before.

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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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Graduates, Textile Design

Interviewed by Sophie Hawkesford – Print Designer
BA (Hons) Textile Design Graduate 2014
In the wake of her recent win at the London Design Awards, I caught up with Textile Design Graduate, K A T E  H O L L O W O O D, who creates bespoke sculptural lighting and vessels from her studio in Royal Leamington Spa, to see how her eponymous brand has developed since graduating in 2014.
Kate developed her composite material ‘ M A T  R I X ‘ during a six week period of experimentation, whilst in her final year at Birmingham City University, specialising in Print. Testing and application led her to develop this material further to create a statement lampshade – a commission specifically for display on the collaborative  G L O B A L  C O L O R  R E S E A R C H  stand at the Interiors Show NEC, Birmingham, in 2014. Kate’s Matrix material and products continue to evolve, demonstrating thoughtful consideration for colour, form and contemporary design. Each of Kate’s pieces are made to order and as such all are unique and individual. Kate works carefully with her clients to identify aesthetic and practical requirements, to create striking and functional statement pieces for home and commercial interiors.
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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.
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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 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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Graduates, News, Textile Design

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.

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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