Year Two students take part in designer menswear project

Over the last few months, second year BA (Hons) Fashion Design students have been working on an exciting live industry project with Stuart Trevor, the founder of clothing brands All Saints and Bolongaro Trevor.

Bolongaro Trevor menswear catwalk collection
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Bolongaro Trevor menswear catwalk collection

Stuart Trevor, the founder of clothing brands All Saints and Bolongaro Trevor, graduated from BA (Hons) Fashion Design at NTU in 1988 and has kept in contact with the School of Art & Design throughout his high-profile design career.

In October 2016 Stuart met the entire second year fashion design group to tell them about his background and experience in the fashion industry. He also introduced the design brief; to create a menswear collection with a military theme, reflecting the ethos of the Bolongaro Trevor label; distinctive, edgy design with a twist on menswear classics 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 created one outfit each, as well as working in teams to create collections, and organised styled photo shoots for their final presentations in a variety of regional locations, including a former coal mine, now a wildlife and heritage site.Stuart then came back to the School of Art & Design twice over the next four months, to take part in day-long reviews of the group progress and give valuable feedback.

The project culminated in an industrially-themed catwalk show in February 2016, hosted in the NTU Newton building and organised entirely by the students. On show also was a selection of the students' sketch work and imagery created during the project, as well as merchandising accessories.

Course and project leader, Sue Walton said: "Our second year BA (Hons) Fashion Design students have had an exceptional opportunity to work with a hugely successful, distinctive modern British designer.

"Stuart has helped our students 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 has been hugely inspirational.

Stuart's involvement clearly demonstrates his commitment to the development of newness in design and his passion for up and coming design – he is not afraid to push boundaries and the students reacted very positively to his attitude.”

The teams showed their final collections on the catwalk to Stuart and his design partner, wife Kait Bolongaro, and an audience of fellow students, staff, friends, family and industry contacts.

Bolongaro Trevor goody bags and art shop vouchers were presented to the overall winning team, Guerrilla Gardener, made up of students Leanne Westbury, Candyd Casidsid, Georgina Nurser, Rose Simmons, Nita Sofiani and Avetis Shahbazyan. Second place went to team Estate and third place to team Nature's Reclaim.

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 this all happen. The standard of the work at NTU is really impressive."

Year Two students take part in designer menswear project

Published on 11 March 2016
  • Category: School of Art & Design

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