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…

 

Charity Fashion Exhibition

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We’re really excited to share the visuals from the launch of yesterday’s Fashion Exhibition: a Celebration of Creativity and Culture!

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Fam Fatale (a play on Oxfam and femme fatale) represented Oxfam and the Great Gatsby in their creative showcase. We loved their champagne (ok cloudy lemonade…) tower and geometric display.

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The tarot cards reading on the Beetlejuice stand was a big hit and helped raise money and awareness of the charity Shelter.

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Aladdin’s Angels promoted Save the Children through their interpretation of the Disney film. Their balloon animals and flying carpet were very memorable!

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Guests were invited to have Breakfast at Barnardo’s… Breakfast mainly consisted of cake but they were delicious! Their goody bags also included mini tiaras (which most of the guests and students were wearing by the end of the launch).

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We were delighted to welcome some representatives from Stella’s Voice to the Annie showcase!

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The one with the fashion exhibition… Coffee, Friends quotes and a very Rachel-esque garment made for a strong theme (they even had a sofa!) Supporting Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland, this showcase included some healthy alternatives to cake!

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The Cotton Candies didn’t disappoint with their carnival theme, representing Cancer Research and engaging the audience with music and games.

 

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Inspired by the Capitol represented CLAN through a Hunger Games inspired showcase in an eye catching purple that tied in really well with the charity (and RGU‘s) branding!

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There were some fantastic home bakes on offer from all the stands at the exhibition but the Downton Abbey showcase, supporting Sue Ryder Care, went that extra mile with their English afternoon tea atmosphere which included home made bunting, tray bakes, scones and jam.

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If you were Clueless about any of the charities before the exhibition, we’re sure you won’t be now… Our final showcase promoted the PDSA!

A huge well done to all the students involved! This project really demonstrates the value of charity shops in providing inspirational and wearable fashion garments.

The exhibition will be on display in the atrium of the School of Creative and Culture Business at RGU until Wednesday the 26th of April where you can find out more about the themes, garments and charities.

 

 

 

Repeat patterns

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Our first years have been busy creating repeat patterns as part of their Fashion Construction and Technology module! We love these examples.

London Fashion Week Festival 2017

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Each year we take our second year BA (Hons) and MSc Fashion Management students to the annual London Fashion Week Festival! Here are some visual highlights…

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Impromptu photoshoot

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What better way to start the week than with an impromptu photoshoot? Here’s a behind the scenes glimpse of our fabulous first years bringing some serious Hollywood glamour to the studio for their window display project!

Guest speaker – Ami Gibson

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We’d like to say a huge thanks to Ami Gibson who gave a fantastic guest lecture to our fourth year BA (Hons) Fashion Management students and our MSc Fashion Management students as part of their Fashion Buying and Forecasting modules.

Ami is a designer at Wilson Design Source Supply and is based in their Glasgow HQ. Her duties include designing collections, giving presentations to both her colleagues and clients, sourcing fabrics, working closely with manufacturers and visiting factories overseas. Last year she went on a development trip to Bangladesh where she sourced fabrics and worked with both knitwear and general production factories.

Ami’s role involves working closely with a range of clients and manufacturers and during her talk she emphasised the importance of building and maintaing good relationships.

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Ami presented a range of trend forecasting resources to the students, including real examples of client trend and range planning boards.
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Throughout her talk, Ami emphasised the centrality of the customer and their characteristics when making design and buying decisions and she also stressed the importance of considering cost when making design and buying decisions as return on investment is extremely important.
Thanks again Ami!

The latest Trend…

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We’re so excited to see the new edition of Trend Magazine!

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This fabulous photoshoot was shot in our on-campus studio and styled by three of our second year BA (Hons) Fashion Management students!

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Alongside Trend’s stunning photography and design, we think this shoot really demonstrates our students’ professional styling abilities as well as the versatility of our studio space. Well done to everyone involved!