NTU Fashion Design Course Leader judges prestigious competition in Japan

Gilly Staples, BA (Hons) Fashion Design Course Leader at Nottingham Trent University (NTU), joined a panel of distinguished judges at the Kobe Fashion Contest in December 2016.

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Gilly Staples (right) with Miko Komiya (middle). Image by HRS Editorial.

Gilly Staples, BA (Hons) Fashion Design Course Leader at Nottingham Trent University (NTU), joined a panel of distinguished judges at the Kobe Fashion Contest in December 2016.

The competition has had 105 winners over the past 43 years, many of whom have gone on to pursue successful careers. A selection of young talented designers in Japan participate each year for the chance to win a one-year scholarship to a fashion school, in one of the world’s fashion capitals.

Gilly spoke of the key elements considered during judging, saying: “It’s similar to Graduate Fashion Week (GFW); I look for skills in craftsmanship, directional design, good use of fabrication, innovation, and use of colour to name a few.

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Collection by Miko Komiya, NTU scholarship recipient. Image by HRS Editorial.

“This is my third year on the judging panel, and while the calibre of students has always been exceptional, it somehow improves each year!”

Two fashion students from Bunka Fashion College, Miko Komiya and Takato Wako, were offered a scholarship to study BA (Hons) Fashion Design at NTU for a year.

Gilly had the pleasure of making the offers. “Miko’s collection demonstrated great use of colour which complemented her pattern cutting, while Takato’s beautifully constructed finish and attention to detail grabbed our attention and interest," she said.

“It’s a great opportunity for Miko and Takato, I’m certain they will fit in at NTU, and they will also have the chance to participate at GFW and other international fashion competitions.

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Collection by Takato Wako, NTU scholarship recipient. Image by HRS Editorial.

“International students bring a new dimension and diversity to the course. Their peers learn so much from them and vice versa, and it’s great to see them grow through international collaboration and education,” said Gilly.

Also featured on the catwalk were collections from Koki Abe and Mai Nishi, former NTU exchange scholarship students, whose designs also appeared at GFW 2016.

NTU is ranked in the top five best fashion schools in the UK, and 14th in the world, according to The Business of Fashion’s Global Fashion Summer School 2015 rankings. Our BA (Hons) Fashion Design course has an excellent employability rating, with 97% of graduates going into employment or further study within six months of graduating.

NTU Fashion Design Course Leader judges prestigious competition in Japan

Published on 12 January 2017
  • Category: School of Art & Design

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