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News Students celebrate passion for fashion in online exhibition

Staffordshire University’s first cohort of Fashion students are showcasing their work in an online exhibition.

80's chintz interior meets high-end fashion in Emily’s final year project
Image: 80's chintz interior meets high-end fashion in Emily’s final year project

Being part of the first cohort to graduate from Fashion is very rewarding and special, it is even more fulfilling as we have had to complete this year during a global pandemic.

Emily Hargreaves, BA (Hons) Fashion

Work from the final year students is featured online in Staffordshire University’s GradEX20 exhibition. The BA (Hons) Fashion degree launched in 2017 and was developed by Rachel Heeley who has extensive industry experience.

She said: “For many years I had a vision for a course, and I have embedded my own experience into its design. The modules that we’ve developed sets up graduates really well for the working in the industry.

“The course equips students to work in any area of fashion. Students are introduced to the fundamentals and then can choose to specialise, so they come out with a portfolio unique to them and their interests.”

The degree covers a range of skills including CAD, pattern cutting, construction, illustration and photography. Sustainability, ethics and diversity are explored in-depth and students have worked on live projects with sustainable fashion brands The Maverick Store and Phanatiq.

Students also have access to the unique Betty Smithers Collection and have received visits from industry experts including Simon Whitehouse, former CEO of fashion label J.W.Anderson, and fashion illustrator Jessica Bird.

This industry focus is what attracted Emily Hargreaves, 21 form Smallthorne, to Staffordshire University.

Students are encouraged to complete work experience and Emily did an internship with British fashion designer Nabil Nayal which involved preparing for London fashion week and Goodwood Races.

“Not only does experience help with your professional development it also helps with personal development as it teaches you a lot about yourself in such a high standard and fast-paced industry,” she explained.

“This helped me immensely as it allowed me to understand the high-end client and the garment standard for this particular sector. It also helped with my confidence - completing this internship has proven to myself that I am very capable at challenging tasks which is why my final collection was my best one yet.”

80's chintz interior meets high-end fashion in Emily’s final year project which was inspired by old family photographs.

She said: “I was delighted when I found out that GradEX was still going ahead as it allows you to network and show off work that you have worked exceptionally hard for. Being part of the first cohort to graduate from Fashion is very rewarding and special, it is even more fulfilling as we have had to complete this year during a global pandemic.”

Join Staffordshire University through Clearing this September and realise your own potential in an ever-changing world. Discover more at https://www.staffs.ac.uk/clearing or call our Clearing hotline on 0800 590 830.

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