Charity fashion exhibition

The countdown to our annual charity fashion exhibition is on!

On Thursday the 12th of April at 12noon, first year Fashion Management, Events Management, International Tourism Management and PR students will launch their the annual charity fashion exhibition as part of their Managing in the Creative Industries module.

Over the past few weeks, the students have been working in teams to plan and organise an exhibition based on a chosen fashion destination. We’re very excited to see their ideas brought to life at next week’s event.

The exhibition will include a range of creative showcases inspired by an array of fashion destinations, where each display aims to support a different charity and showcase a garment from the local charity shop branch.

The exhibition will kick off with a launch event where the students will be on their stands to welcome guests and fundraise for their charity, through themed bake sales and goody bags. The teams are looking for some honest feedback so head along and let them know what you think!

Here’s a preview of some of their ideas…

It’s the time of year again where the Digital Fashion Event is in full swing!

This marks the third year of our digital fashion event. In 2016, we moved away from our traditional fashion show event module and gave this a more digital focus. This is in response to a changing industry, where employers are seeking graduates with an increasingly digital skill set. Indeed, the purpose of fashion shows today are widely debated and the definition of a fashion show is being challenged and extended in new ways.

Here at RGU, we’re lucky to have access to creative resources and expertise to help us deliver these modules. Our purpose built film and photography studio and range of film equipment and software allows students to gain experience using industry standard facilities. Our media team are made up of individuals with skills in audio, video, Macs, design, specialist software and photography. The team deliver hands on experience across a range of courses, including journalism, media, marketing and fashion management.

Jen BirtlesKelman was asked to write a blog post about the digital fashion event to date and how this has evolved in its three years. Jen works as part of the media and eLearning team at RGU. A Gray’s School of Art graduate in Textile Design, she exhibited her designs as part of ROAR Exhibition in London’s OXO Tower Warf as part of Scotland’s emerging talent. Since then she worked as a Creative for Apple, training staff and customers to use professional software like Final Cut Pro, Logic and Aperture and gaining professional qualifications in the software. She also gained industry experience working on film and photography projects for clients before joining us at RGU and creating many more marketing videos for the university. Here’s what she has to say about the Digital Fashion Event…

I have been privileged to teach the students who choose to participate on this module since the introduction of the digital element, and I’m amazed by the commitment the students show, the speed at which they pick up the necessary skills and put them into practice with their film shoots, always producing something new and exciting each year.

For those of you who have yet to enter third year, the Digital Fashion Event is an elective double credit module that runs alongside placement. Students can choose to go out on placement for 12 weeks or opt to do a 6 week placement in conjunction with the 6 week Digital Fashion Event module. Students who participate in our Digital Fashion Event learn new skills in filming, storyboarding and editing over an intensive two week training course, followed by four weeks where they’ll put these skills into practice – creating their fashion film.

Students who have participated in the module over the last two years have enjoyed the experience and many have gone on to use these skills again, in their studies and their careers:

Ellen Laird was an Editor for the first ever digital fashion show in 2016. She went on to use her filming and editing skills in fourth year, opting to deliver a practical professional project and producing a film looking at CrossFit. She also created a Kickstarter campaign video for SEINCLLN, unisex knitwear brand launch. She now works for Revolution as a Sales and Events Co-ordinator and has created marketing films in her role there.

“The Digital Fashion Show was probably my favourite module that we did thought my four years at RGU. I was head of filming and editing. From those editing skills I got a placement over summer and made a Kickstarter video. It’s given me a little bit more extra than everyone else, the skills definitely open more doors.”

You can watch the first fashion film here, where the brief was ‘Northern culture’ and the students chose to focus on different forms of Energy, taking inspiration from Aberdeen’s status as European “oil capital”.

 

Since co-producing and directing the second fashion film in 2017, Gabrielle Etchells (currently in fourth year) has set up her own film company Joy Studio Productions. She has also worked to create two films for the fashion brand Latte. She reflects on her experience:

“The digital fashion show module equipped me with skills and a new found passion of filming producing and editing, which I’ve turned into a business. I learnt management skills working with a large creative team, and created a film which I am so proud to have my name associated with. Before the module I was considering a career in buying but now I am seeking future jobs which have more of a creative marketing angle”

The 2017 fashion film was recently submitted to RGU’s student film festival. Their brief was “fashion is creative, fashion is culture, fashion is business” as this film marked the launch of RGU’s School of Creative and Cultural Business. You can watch this here.

 

This year’s fashion film is slightly different in that the students are working with a live client, Lindsay and Yoshi, who has asked for a fashion video to promote her scarf and homewares brand. Lindsay graduated from Gray’s School of Art in 2008 and established her brand in 2010. She says:

“Join Yoshi (my dog) on his kaleidoscopic adventure through the natural world as he meets the beautiful creatures who inhabit it.

I’m a big fan of Beatrix Potter, William Morris and Liberty of London. I graduated from Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen in 2008 and established Lindsay & Yoshi textiles in 2010 as a way to share my artwork on products that had some sort of functionality. 

I create colourful silk scarves, soft furnishings and stationery. Each design begins as an illustration that is then transformed digitally. Every item is printed and handmade in the UK. I hand finish each piece at my home studio in rural Aberdeenshire. The natural world fascinates me, everything from the creatures at the bottom of the sea to the colours up in the sky. My favourite moment so far has to be when I watched the Aurora Borealis with Yoshi.”

The Lindsay & Yoshi website is currently under construction and the video produced by this year’s students as part of the Digital Fashion Event will be used to mark the launch of this!

Lindsay has asked for movement to be considered in the film, with a focus on her scarves and the story behind the designs. Here’s a sneak peek behind the scenes of this year’s shoots so far…

The students are just over halfway though the project now, with under three weeks left to finish filming and editing the final film for their client. This week they will be shooting on location in Tollohill woods in Aberdeen, with models from Premiere Productions. They have also begun to start editing their first three film shoots.

Watch this space for the final film…

Mood boards

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Attention all fashion management students; you know all those mood boards that we ask you to create whilst you’re studying on the course? Well here’s one of our graduates putting these skills into practice in her role in fashion branding at House of Fraser.

Fiona-Marie graduated in 2017 with a BA (Hons) in Fashion Management at RGU and has been working in her role at House of Fraser for the past few months. When we heard the news we were delighted to see one of our graduates had secured this exciting position, in what was a very competitive application and interview process!

Fiona-Marie’s role is to create and deliver brand advertising, customer communication plans and campaigns at House of Fraser and this includes television, out of home and social media advertising. Thanks for sharing Fiona-Maria and we wish you the very best of luck in your career!

Welcome back

This week we welcomed our students back from their Christmas break! It’s great to see the campus so lively again (even if we do have to wait a little longer when queuing for our morning coffee!)

Second semester at the Fashion Place is always a really exciting one where our students are involved in a number of live projects and placements. Many of our third years have just started their work experience placements this week and there are some fantastic opportunities including: Harvey Nichols, Hemingway Design, Johnstons of Elgin, and the Herald and Times. Later in the semester, our Masters students will be going off on placement and we look forward to sharing more on this soon!

A number of events will take place over the next few months and our students will be busy organising these over the coming weeks. One event will be our annual charity Fashion exhibition; this is organised by teams of first year Fashion Management, Events Management, PR and Tourism students. This year’s exhibition theme will be Fashion Destinations and students are tasked to choose a fashion destination (city, country, region or ‘place’), source and style a charity shop garment  and designing an exhibition space around this.

Our first years are also starting work on their window display ideas for their Store Design and Visual Merchandising module; this year’s theme is Sustainability and we’re keen to see how this is interpreted by our students.

Our digital fashion event has also kicked off and this year the students have teamed up local designer Lindsay and Yoshi to create a fashion film. This will be launched on the client’s website in March!

Looking forward to sharing more on these projects over the coming weeks…

Fashion ideas from our first years

We’re nearly half way through our first semester and the students have been very busy. Over the past 6 weeks, our first year and Masters students have been tasked with a number of visual communication projects.

As part of our Fashion Design Concepts module, the first year Fashion Management students are introduced to Photoshop and Kaledo and tasked with producing a t-shirt design. Although the Fashion Management course is a business rather than design degree, taught within our School of Creative and Cultural Business, it’s essential that our students understand key principles of the fashion design process and that they are able to use industry standard design software.

In the Fashion Business module, our first years are taught the history of fashion, with a focus on the industry’s development over the 20th Century and how this has impacted the present day. A recent article by Megan Doyle, published in the Business of Fashion, highlights the importance of knowing your fashion history and that this is essential for fashion graduates today! In lectures, we explore a new decade each week, highlighting key external factors and how they influenced fashion at this time, with a particular focus on areas such as fashion tourism, fashion icons, fashion markets, etc. These classes also involve discussions and debates, for example around the use of fur in fashion and what it means to be a fashion icon.  In tutorials, the students undertake more practical tasks relating to these ideas.

In order to combine the skills they gain on each of these modules, the students have undertaken two mood board tasks. The first was to communicate ‘Noughties’ fashion influences – something the students found interesting, amusing and – of course – nostalgic, in that most of them were born in the years 1999 or 2000!

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The students referenced some interesting styles, including the iconic Juicy Couture tracksuit, (extremely) low waisted jeans, fake tan and (again extremely) straight hair. We saw a number of cultural references, particularly in reference to films like Mean Girls and celebrities such as Paris Hilton and Britney Spears who were strongly associated with the decade. Mobile phones, social media and reality TV were other prevalent themes! The colour palette our students presented was strongly that of pastels, pink, white and silver.

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Building on this task, students were asked to reflect on what it means to be a fashion icon and to pitch, in teams, an example of someone they regard as a 21st Century fashion icon. Many of them chose to do so using mood boards and examples included Rihanna, Gigi Hadid, Victoria Beckham, Iris Apfel, Holly Willoughby and Olivia Palermo.

 

Our Masters students have been working on some similar tasks in the run up to their successful Luxury Fashion Brands in Digital Age conference last week but a little more on that later…

 

Colour exhibition

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Over the past week our first year and masters students have been working on their colour inspired mood boards. These are currently on display as an exhibition in the atrium of the School of Creative and Cultural Business.

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The students produce these each year as part of their Fashion Design Concepts module. It’s really interesting to see how the students interpret the task differently each year, reflecting on changing trends and influences.

 

Welcome!

10th Cohort

With the new semester starting next week, we’d like to welcome all our new and continuing Fashion Management students! It was lovely to meet our new first years (and what will be our 10th Fashion Management cohort – but more on that later!) at their induction session yesterday…