Welcome back

It’s been a strange old time in the world and we haven’t posted in the longest time in the history of the Fashion Place blog (sorry followers!) Our campus has not been its usual hive of activity but the last month has seen most of our students back on campus and it’s been so good to see everyone!

Over the past year, our students have risen to the challenges of blended and online learning, socially-distanced team work and projects – from photoshoots to placements. We’ve seen another cohort graduate online but were pleased to share their celebrations our Instagram profile (do you follow us? If not click here).

We have lots of exciting plans for the year ahead and look forward to sharing these with you. In fact we were delighted to host our first Sustainability in the Creative and Cultural Industries symposium earlier this month. The event saw a host of academics and practitioners sharing their thoughts, research and knowledge around different aspects of sustainability – a crucially important agenda for businesses and timely in the run up to COP26, which takes place in Glasgow this coming week.

The symposium took place online and you can watch all the presentations online by clicking here and working your way through the agenda.

Look forward to sharing more soon!

Class of 2020 – we got there!

It might not be how they imagined spending the final few weeks at university but they got there! Congratulations to all of our students for adapting to these exceptional circumstances and finishing their coursework from home.

We would especially like to acknowledge our fantastic final year students who have had a very different end to their course than any of us would have imagined. We are sad not to have had our usual celebration at the end of term but we were so happy to catch up remotely on Zoom and hear about how they’ve all been getting on. We heard about new exercise regimes, spending time at home with family and pets, discovering local surroundings, digital quizzes, short courses and lots more!

Wishing all of our students and soon to be graduates all the best for the summer ahead. We look forward to hearing and sharing what they’ve been up to.

It’s a challenging time for graduates in an uncertain job market but we have no doubt that we’ll be hearing about some of their successes soon.

Body beautiful

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Yesterday we took our first year and Masters students to see the National Museums Scotland exhibition Body Beautiful. Each year we take the students to see the fashion archive but this time we were able to treat them to two wonderful showcases – followed by some shopping!

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We look forward to returning with next year’s cohort!

Flying the fashion flag in Aberdeen

It’s great to see so many of our students involved in local fashion events and initiatives across Aberdeen. We love seeing what they get up to through our @fashionplace_rgu Instagram. Keep tagging us everyone!

Here are some of our students (from across the various years) at the Stellar Aberdeen and Must Have Dresses UK fashion show event last week!

We have a group of second year student helpers and models taking part in the MISS fashion show later this month at Aberdeen’s Marcliffe Hotel and we look forward to sharing more on their experience… We were also delighted to offer the opportunity for a group of students to attend the LOVE fashion event this week!

Colouring our campus

This week our eleventh cohort of first year Fashion Management students have injected some colour into the campus with their fashion exhibition. Each year, as part of their Fashion Design Concepts and Communication module, the students are tasked with working in teams to create a colour exhibition.

The module aims to introduce our students to the basic components of visual communication and familiarise them with industry standard design software such as Adobe Photoshop and Kaledo Lectra.

It’s the first of a series of creative exhibitions that the students present during their time on the course. We look forward to seeing what else they have in store…

The last board (below) is particularly fitting with the autumnal mood on campus!

To the nines…

The ninth edition of our fashion magazine made it to the front page of tonight’s Evening Express supplement. Well done to our second (now third) year Fashion Management students – we’re so proud of you!

Next up, the tenth edition! Watch this space…

Class of 2018

Congratulations to all of our fabulous fashion management students who graduated yesterday! We hope you had a wonderful time celebrating with your classmates, family and friends. As always, we hope you’ll keep in touch and look forward to hearing what you all get up to over the coming weeks!

Fashion destination exhibition

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This week marked the end of our first years’ exhibition, which showcased fashion destinations from around the world. We’re delighted to share some of their creative ideas, captured beautifully by third year BA (Hons) Media students (Christie Breen and Alexis Flores) who’ve been on placement with our media team.

 

This project required students to work in teams, across a range of courses (fashion, events, PR and tourism) within the School of Creative and Cultural Business at RGU, in order to plan a creative exhibition and organise a launch event. Ten teams of students were assigned a charity and given £10 with which to buy a garment from the charity’s local branch. Their aim was to communicate a fashion destination of their choice, using the garment and charity as inspiration. Showcases included Scotland, Paris, Nigeria, Moscow, New York, Kenya, China and Hollywood.

During the launch event, students were tasked with promoting their charity and many chose to fundraise through bake sales and competitions. One team even brought along a mascot in the form of Lily the dog; this tied in well with their charity (PDSA) and she gained their team a lot of attention at the event.

We’re so proud of the commitment and enthusiasm our students gave to this project – well done to everyone involved!

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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…

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!