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Year Two students impress with their Bolongaro Trevor menswear catwalk collections

Year Two BA (Hons) Fashion Design students have been hard at work on a live industry project with the founder of clothing brands All Saints and Bolongaro Trevor, alumnus Stuart Trevor (BA (Hons) Fashion Design, 1988).

Bolongaro Trevor menswear catwalk collection

Year Two BA (Hons) Fashion Design students have been hard at work on a live industry project with the founder of clothing brands All Saints and Bolongaro Trevor, alumnus Stuart Trevor (BA (Hons) Fashion Design, 1988).

Culminating in a fantastic catwalk show on Friday 13 March, the brief was to design a collection of six or seven menswear outfits reflecting the ethos of the Bolongaro Trevor label; distinctive, edgy design with a twist on menswear classics and military tailoring to create unique and determinedly British collections, full of quality and attention to detail.

The students were split into 12 groups and worked together to develop their own brand name, exploring colour, fabrics and graphics, as well as considering marketing and branding strategies, designing logos and developing merchandising ideas. They combined research, which included visiting stores, with design; they pattern cut and created one outfit each, as well as working in teams to create collections, and undertake styled photo shoots for their final presentations.

The project has been ongoing over the last four months, and Stuart has been back to NTU throughout that time to give valuable feedback on the students' work in progress. Stuart said: "It is a great pleasure for me to return to the Fashion Design degree course where I studied back in 1985-88. The students worked flat out for several months and the results are mostly incredible.

"Some of the winning designs will be going into our Autumn Winter 2015 collection as part of the award - they are simply that great... unbelievable to be honest, and it's been a really exciting collaboration."

At the final catwalk show, held on 13 March in the Newton building at NTU, the students displayed their team research, including fully annotated sketch books showing the entire thought process and progression.

The work evidenced their design research, showing how all ideas were considered and how they arrived at the final outcomes. Alongside this, they displayed a separate market research book, showing market and consumer research, to contextualise their collections. Boards displayed stunning illustrations of each team's final collections.

Course and project leader, Sue Walton said: "Our second year BA (Hons) Fashion Design students have had an exceptional opportunity to work with the hugely successful NTU alumnus Stuart Trevor.

"Stuart's engagement with this live project has been extremely positive and has enabled our students to gain a unique insight into the reality of the highly competitive and hugely demanding world of the fashion industry. His enthusiasm for design and passion for menswear product has been hugely inspirational and invigorating for our students, who are only just beginning to develop their knowledge and understanding of menswear.

"It is crucial that we support and encourage a new generation of designers who can build and grow the legacy that is British Menswear, and I believe that Stuart's involvement clearly demonstrates his commitment to this."

The teams showed their final collections on the catwalk to an audience of fellow students, staff, friends, family and industry contacts, with an edgy and eclectic soundtrack befitting the Bolongaro Trevor brand. Stuart and his design partner, wife Kait Bolongaro, attended the event with their children. Stuart judged each team's collections and at the end, announced how the students had done.

The overall winners were Team Four, Endurance, made up of students Charlotte Foulkes, Joanna Hyde, Anna Mancilla, Beth Greene, Simi Cheng, Lara Dong and Danru Wang. As winners, they receive work placement opportunities at Bolongaro Trevor headquarters in London.

Stuart said: "Virtually every garment was almost perfect! Their presentation and pattern cutting skills and their portfolio of work is of such a high standard. It was a really tough decision as all the teams have produced some great collections."

Second place went to Team 11, Air Mail and third place to Team Five, State of Decay.

Team 12, Heritance, won a prize for the most inventive fabric process and finish, and Team Ten, Rolling Chasers, and Team Two won prizes for best print designs among the collections.

Further to the team judging, Stuart also awarded praise to individual students, including Stacie Horton, whose orange parka jacket was highlighted as the best overall garment. Daniel Smith's bomber jacket was also put in the spotlight, as well as Ella Seal's navy wool cape. The designer was so impressed that he is planning to include these three styles in his AW 2015 collection under a special joint label.

Associate Dean of the School, Julie Pinches said: "I've known Stuart for a long time, in fact I used to teach him, and it's been great working with him on this project which has produced such a high standard of quality and creativity from our second year students."

Stuart said: "The catwalk was a fantastic event, really well organised and a great success. I want to thank Sue and the other lecturers, plus all the students who worked so hard to make it all happen. I've thoroughly enjoyed the whole process and it's been extremely worthwhile. The standard of the work at NTU is really impressive."

Watch out for the new NTU garments in the next Bolongaro Trevor collection, and follow the progress at Bolongaro Trevor's website.

Year Two students impress with their Bolongaro Trevor menswear catwalk collections

Published on 26 March 2015
  • Category: School of Art & Design

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