Placement update

Stage 3 Fashion Management student Hanne Pulkkinen is currently on a year long placement at Polhem – a fashion, beauty and lifestyle public relations agency in Helsinki, Finland.

Hanne has had a fantastic placement experience where she has worked on a range of exciting campaigns. Hanne says:

“The fashion scene in Finland is small and very much a close knit community – made up of editors, stylists, bloggers and influencers. Everybody knows everyone.

My days as an PR intern consisted of media coverage reporting, social media management, showroom management, events management and lots of other tasks from steaming clothes to mailing packages.

My favorite part has to definitely be the events!Because Polhem works with a large clientele of brands, I got to experience and participate in a great variety of events, not only fashion.

Last summer the ice cream brand Halo Top was launched in Finland. To celebrate, Polhem created a SUPER Finnish sauna boat launch event for Halo Top. This was such a fun experience since it was so out of my comfort zone coming from fashion studies.

The last event we organised (before COVID-19) was a SS20 collection launch for Vamsko, a local Finnish family owned shoe brand.

The quirky pink venue was the perfect place to have the event, which was an absolute success with great coverage for the brand and wonderful feedback for us as an agency too.”

Thanks so much to Hanne for sharing her experience and these beautiful photographs!

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!

Fashion road trip

Today we took our first year and MSc Fashion Management students on their annual trip to the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.

We enjoyed a guided tour of the fashion gallery, followed by an insightful talk on ‘Diversity on and off the Catwalk’.

After our visit the students (and staff) had some free time to browse the shops before boarding the bus to Aberdeen. We hope everyone enjoyed it as much as we did and we’re already looking forward to our trip next year, which is set to coincide with a special showcase of diversity in fashion.

Prada guest talk

We’d like to say a huge thank you to Lamberto Berti, Industrial Relations Director for the Prada Group, who joined us all the way from Florence this afternoon.

This was an excellent opportunity for our students (and staff!) to gain an insight into the evolution of the iconic Prada Group and brought to life many of the subjects from across the various years of the course!

Lamberto tells us that he loves Scotland and is looking forward to spending the next few days exploring Aberdeen as well as visiting Edinburgh and Dundee. He has also kindly gifted us some beautiful Prada books that we look forward to reading. These are on display in the Fashion Place and really illustrate the artistic influences and ideas behind what Lamberto refers to as the Prada spirit.

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.

 

 

 

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!

Week 2 #myfashionplacement

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Happy Monday! Hope everyone had a nice Valentine’s weekend.

We’ve really enjoyed seeing all the placement updates from our third year Fashion Management students! Our students have shared creative window displays, beautiful work spaces and behind-the-scenes glimpses from their placements!

Anya is on placement at Freja Designer Dressmaking and shared this fabulous window display she created last week!

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Mollie shared this shot of her office at the Gathering Goddess in London! She’s even been busy getting fashion inspiration on her coffee breaks…

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Kirsty’s having a great time on placement at Bewonder* in Leeds and shared this behind-the-scenes photo of these brilliant lockers where she has her very own!

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Meanwhile our Masters students are gearing up for their placements that start in April!

We’re looking forward to sharing more over the next few weeks…

My fashion placement

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Happy Friday followers!

As we approach the end of January, we look forward to welcoming back our students for semester 2 – with the notable absence of our lively third years who are preparing to go out on placement next week! They’ll shortly be followed by our Masters students in April.

We’re so excited to see some of the exciting opportunities they have lined up for the next few weeks and wish them all the very best wishes for their placements! We’ll be sharing some of their photos and experiences over the next few weeks so watch this space…

Kirstin Ritchie started her placement this week – at rrrentals in New York! We’re happy to report that Kirstin’s having a great time in the big apple where she’s already gained valuable styling experience.

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Kirstin’s keen to make the very most of her time in New York and is enjoying the culture, scenery and the snowy weather – spending some of her spare time at dance classes!

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Colour Exhibition

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Our first years’ colour exhibition mood boards have brightened up the Aberdeen Business School atrium this past week. There are some very interesting visuals on display this year. Well done to everyone involved!