Fashion Design student’s dress design hits the Oasis rails as part of a collection inspired by Nottingham’s Lace Archive

Robert Goddard’s design was chosen by the public to feature in a party collection collaboration with the university’s Lace Archive

Robert with his winning dress design
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Robert with his winning dress design

The Lace Archive at Nottingham Trent University has inspired an exclusive collection of garments and accessories by high-street fashion brand Oasis. The collection, which launched in stores and online across the UK this week, reimagines some of the 75,000 antique lace samples housed in the Archive on NTU’s City Campus.

The idea for the collection came from Oasis seeking to work collaboratively with interesting archives. Graduates of the Fashion Knitwear Design and Textile Design courses who now work in graduate posts at Oasis head office, remembered the Lace Archive at NTU and suggested it as a potential collaboration.

The enchanting collection not only celebrates the rich and illustrious heritage of Nottingham Lace, but additionally showcases the talents of our BA (Hons) Fashion Design students. Student Robert Goddard, now in his final year, was named winner of the Oasis design competition, with his glamorous black and pink lace dress design featuring in the collection. Oasis designers briefed the students earlier this year, with three students’ designs being shortlisted to a public vote.

When asked how it feels to see his design come to life and sold in Oasis stores across the UK, Robert was on top of the world: “I just remember not caring about all the work I had left to do that day; nothing was going to bring me down!” he said.

Robert's sketch and moodboard
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Robert's sketch and moodboard

Another element of the prize saw Robert paying a visit to the Oasis HQ, where he worked with their Design Team. “I learnt just how many people and departments a concept needs to go through before getting the go ahead. Every opinion matters and everybody had the chance to be involved,” he said.

When asked about studying Fashion Design at NTU, Robert praised the course’s industry links and trip opportunities: “When working with different brands through competition briefs, it’s nice to think we have those links for future reference. And getting to go to Paris for Fashion Week and seeing all these people we look up to just wandering the streets.”

Dr Amanda Briggs-Goode, Head of Department for Fashion, Textiles and Knitwear Design and manager of the Lace Archive, described the collaboration as “brilliant”. She explained: “At NTU with our history of teaching Fashion and Textiles, we work with a lot of retailers through live projects.  But I knew this was going to be a different kind of collaboration.”

She continued: “The beginnings of the art school were set around Nottingham’s lace industry, so we really wanted to help put the Lace Archive on the retail high street map.”

Find out more about the collection on the Oasis website.

Fashion Design student’s dress design hits the Oasis rails as part of a collection inspired by Nottingham’s Lace Archive

Published on 26 October 2017
  • Subject area: Art and design
  • Category: Culture; School of Art & Design

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