Fashion Accessory Design students awarded funds from the Leathersellers’ Company

Essi Peukuri, Amber Rouse and Kate Malpass were all recognised for the innovative use of leather in their designs

Fashion Accessory Design students Kate Malpass, Amber Rouse and Essi Peuhkuri
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Fashion Accessory Design students Kate Malpass, Amber Rouse and Essi Peuhkuri

Several final year students on the BA (Hons) Fashion Accessory Design course have been awarded funds courtesy of The Leathersellers’ Company, an organisation devoted to supporting education and the British leather trade. Essi Peukuri and Amber Rouse were each awarded £500, acknowledging an innovative use of leather in their designs.

Kate Malpass was additionally awarded £100 for her achievements on the course, which was funded directly by the course as a result of their excellent NSS results.

Amber explained the process of the Leathersellers’ application: “For the award we were asked to research and present the ideas for our collection so far in a sketchbook. We were also required to design four pieces using the research we had gathered, to make a paper mock-up of each bag as an example of size, and finally create final sketches of each accessory to show colour and shape more clearly.”

When asked how she felt to win, she commented: “I felt ecstatic! I’m over the moon that I’ve been given the opportunity to better my collection with materials and equipment. This award will support my final collection as it will allow me to manufacture and create beautiful products using top quality leathers and hardware to coincide with my high end market goals.”

Essi added: “The Leathersellers’ award will definitely be helpful when selecting the materials for my final collection. I will be using a large volume and variety of leathers due to my concept of fashion accessory hybrids, so it´s great to be able to cover some of the future material expenses with this prize.”

Lee Mattocks, course leader for Fashion Accessory Design at NTU, said: “Essi and Amber both presented a clear and consistent vision throughout term one which was evident in the excellent proposals of their collection line-ups. These students presented dramatically different collections of either hybrid multidisciplinary products or traditional leather goods. Both were very directional and forward thinking with an excellent use and approach to leather and the award will support the cost of their final collections"

He continued: “We made an extra award this year for our runner up Kate Malpass due to her commitment and clear vision presented through her collection line-up; she was so close to being a winner that we felt we had to offer an additional award."

The University would like to thank The Leathersellers' Company for their continued partnership with the Fashion Accessory Design course.

Fashion Accessory Design students awarded funds from the Leathersellers’ Company

Published on 19 December 2017
  • Category: Culture; School of Art & Design

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