New York, New York


For the second year running, one of our students is doing her placement in New York! Third Year BA (Hons) Fashion Management student Nikola is making the most of her time in the Big Apple by attending some of the shows for New York Fashion Week.

We love this shot from the Mister Triple X show – and what a venue!

Marshmallow challenge


This week our first years took on the marshmallow challenge…

For those who don’t know, this is a team building exercise where the aim is to build the tallest possible structure (using only a small amount of spaghetti, string and masking tape) that can hold a marshmallow on top! Click here to find out more.


Our first year Fashion Management, Event Management and PR students rose to the challenge with some interesting (and often ambitious) attempts…



Some of these were a little too ambitious…


Our winning team built a 49cm structure which they named Marshall…



Well done everyone!

This week, the students are getting team photos done for their fashion exhibition project and we look forward to sharing these with you soon…


The School of Creative and Cultural Business


On Wednesday next week, we will launch our newly formed School of Creative and Cultural Business at Robert Gordon University. This event marks the exciting amalgamation of staff and students from information, communication, media, events, fashion management, tourism and hospitality. We’re a diverse School with a wide ranging skill-set but one which focuses on creativity and innovation!

We look forward to welcoming industry speakers from the creative and cultural business sector as well as staff, students and alumni in what is set to be an enjoyable launch event! Over the coming months, the Fashion team are really excited to collaborate with members of staff and students from across the School.

At a time that has been uncertain for the local economy in Aberdeen and which has been challenging for independent businesses, we look forward to working closely with and supporting the sector.


Fashion exhibition project launch


Today we launched our annual fashion exhibition with first year Fashion Management, Event Management and Public Relations students! Students were split into ten teams and given ten pounds to be spent in an allocated Aberdeen-based charity shop.  The project will run for the next ten weeks where students will plan and organise a fashion exhibition to be held on Wednesday the 12th of April.

In celebration of our newly formed School of Creative and Cultural Business, the students have been asked to choose a cultural artefact and this will form the inspiration behind their exhibition space. We’re so excited to see what the different teams come up with!

More on this to follow where we look forward to sharing the students’ garment choices and plans for the exhibition…

How to survive your final year of University.

Let’s be honest… fourth year is tough.


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There is no denying that your final year will be a challenge – it’s the most important and therefore the most daunting. But try not to stress too much – like all the other years, it can be exciting, packed with enjoyable modules and classes, and it gives you the chance to undertake your own research dissertation on a topic that excites you. But fourth year can also be bittersweet as you near the end, surrounded by all your classmates and lecturers for the last time.

No doubt you will look back on your time at RGU with great memories and it’s incredibly important that you enjoy these final months before heading off on your different paths. The term is already half way through, so we thought we’d ask past students and lecturers to share their best advice on surviving fourth year, which will hopefully help you get over the last hurdle.

  • Firstly, remember that you’re not alone.

You’re never alone with university worries. Your fellow students will have the same issues, questions and worries, and they can sometimes be the best people to turn to for support.

The last term of university can be quite magical – you might find yourself talking to people in your class that you’d never even spoken to before. Once you realise that you’re all under this huge umbrella of pressure, friendship groups and cliques can fade… there is strength in numbers and there’s nothing better than toughing out library all-nighters in groups!


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  • Say hello to nights in…

You’ve had the whole of first, second and third year to party. Now, it’s time for you and your flatmates to embrace the night in. Order your favourite takeaway, watch Netflix and just relaxxx. You need to give yourself time to think about things other than exams, assignments and of course, the dissi. Having a quiet night in means that you wake up next day fresh-faced and relaxed, rather than hungover and tired after a night out and unable to look at a computer screen for longer than five minutes… sound familiar? However, we’re not saying to go cold turkey! It’s also good to let your hair down … once in a while!


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Best Party Dresses for Christmas 2016

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… that’s right, it’s the Christmas party season! December brings a festive, fabulous time when we can look our most glamorous and get dressed up to the nines for any occasion – although, to be honest, we fashion students don’t normally need an excuse to dress up, right?

One fun aspect about studying Fashion Management is being able to research trends and styles for each season, and Christmas especially brings a wealth of outfit ideas. From the classic LBD to the shiny sequinned numbers, here are a few that we’ve singled out as being fabulously on trend.

Dress One & Dress Two

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Dress Three & Dress Four


Dress Five & Dress Six

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Interview with a Fashion Management Lecturer at RGU.

Have you ever wanted to know more about your university tutors? We had a chat with one of the Fashion Management lecturers at RGU, Madeleine Marcella-Hood, to get a ‘behind the scenes’ glimpse of the innovative course and ask her some of those all important questions about fashion too!

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Tell us a little bit about your background:

My background is actually in communication and marketing – I came to RGU in 2005 (that seems like absolutely ages ago!) and studied Corporate Communication. The course has since changed names, but covered aspects such as marketing, press release writing and lots of other subjects which now exist in the Fashion Management course, such as Women in the Media and Postmodern Culture.

When did you start working at RGU? Have you always been a lecturer? 

I was initially offered a temporary position at RGU which focused on Customer Relationship Management, and I’ve found myself working at the university ever since! In 2012, I began working in a marketing capacity – I helped with marketing for the Business School which involved promoting the Fashion Management undergraduate and postgraduate course. A couple of years later, I landed my dream job as a Fashion Management lecturer. I have gone on to contribute to many modules such as Fashion Retail and Store Design, Managing in the Creative Industries and the annual Fashion Show!Screen Shot 2016-11-21 at 16.33.18.png Continue reading