NTU students scoops David Nieper scholarship

Second year BA (Hons) Fashion Design student, Victoria Lees was crowned this year's winner of the David Nieper scholarship.

Second year BA (Hons) Fashion Design student, Victoria Lees was crowned this year's winner of the David Nieper scholarship.

Victoria was presented with a trophy and £1,000, while fellow students Amy Wanderwal and Molly Key were also presented with prizes for second and third place.

80 students competed to win the prestigious David Nieper scholarship that challenged them to design a fashion collection to dress the older woman, a market often neglected by the fashion industry. As part of their mandatory portfolio project, students were briefed to create a sample collection of four garments one each for nightwear, evening wear, day wear and travel wear.

As part of the scholarship challenge, Victoria, Amy and Molly along with other students from their year spent a day at David Nieper in Alfreton, Derbyshire touring the design studios and meeting the Made in Britain fashion house's staff – gaining a rare and real-life insight into a company that designs and manufacturers all its clothing in the UK.

Winner Victoria said: "It was such a shock to win this amazing award, especially after putting in so much hard work.

"It was a great competition to work on with a challenging brief to tackle a new market. We were tasked with learning about a different customer and the organisation's brand and identity. Designing for a different market really stretched my skills, and it was great to enhance my CAD design skills."

"The whole experience of the competition was great, but winning the award is a fantastic boost to my CV."

Christopher Nieper, Managing Director of David Nieper, said: "Victoria's collection was beautifully put together, she demonstrated creative use of colour and had clearly carried out some excellent market research and really understood the customer. She closely followed the brief and put a lot of time and effort into designing a lovely collection of elegant and wearable clothes."

The David Nieper scholarship is just one of the initiatives David Nieper runs to encourage the growth of skills in the UK fashion and textiles industry. Employing 230 highly skilled people in Alfreton, Derbyshire, the company is passionately committed to UK manufacturing and up-skilling the next generation.

Dawn Eyre, Senior Lecturer in the School of Art & Design, Nottingham Trent University concluded: "Many thanks to David Nieper who have created a fantastic opportunity for our second year students to work on a challenging project, while gaining an understanding of British manufacturing. The students have thoroughly enjoyed the brief and have produced some creative and directional work."

Nottingham Trent University would like to thank David Nieper for the organisation's continued partnership.

NTU students scoops David Nieper scholarship

Published on 17 June 2016
  • Category: School of Art & Design

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