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NTU hosts prestigious Graduate Fashion Week Masterclass

Creative Director of GFW, Martyn Roberts, and renowned fashion journalist, Hilary Alexander OBE, visited in November to give students insights into Graduate Fashion Week

Martyn Roberts, Hilary Alexander and Nicola Hitchens
Martyn Roberts, Hilary Alexander and Nicola Hitchens

Martyn Roberts, the Managing and Creative Director of Graduate Fashion Week (GFW), and renowned British fashion journalist Hilary Alexander OBE, delivered a masterclass for all final year Fashion, Knitwear and Accessory Design, and Fashion Marketing, Management and Communication students this November. They were joined by Nicola Hitchens, Communications Manager at GFW, who studied Fashion Design at NTU, graduating in 2009.

The 2017 masterclasses have been designed to give students an insight into GFW and the opportunities it offers. Martyn and Hilary shared their knowledge and experience of the prestigious event held in London each year in June, and how it can benefit students’ future careers in the fashion industry. They discussed subjects such as how to present a coherent and successful portfolio of work, tips for the staging of impactful catwalk collections, and how to make the most out of the whole experience of participating in the largest showcase of BA graduate talent in the world. The GFW team have only delivered four sessions in the UK in 2017, so it was a real accolade for the fashion department at NTU to have been chosen.

Talking about her studies at NTU, Nicola said that the course had given her a real understanding of the backbone of the industry, which had helped her move into areas as diverse as print, design and most recently, marketing and communications. “Having done design myself, I can understand how to best work with designers, as I know how they feel!” she said.

Hilary Alexander was particularly impressed by the facilities available to students studying fashion and knitwear design courses at NTU. She commented: “I’m absolutely loving NTU! Fabulous design studios and the most amazing knit machinery!”

Students in the audience
Fashion students in the audience for the GFW Masterclass

Martyn Roberts acknowledged NTU’s reputation, saying: “Nottingham Trent is renowned around the world as being an excellent university. The facilities here are incredible.”

Fashion Communication and Promotion student Arooj Aftab found the event to be very inspiring. She commented: “The most inspiring  thing has been seeing how successful GFW can help to make people, and the rapport you can build with brands by being part of it.”

Fashion Design student Max Summerton added: “The most valuable thing from today has been getting an insight from Hilary Alexander herself as to what kind of things she looks for in a catwalk collection.”

GFW has provided the initial showcase for internationally renowned designers such as Christopher Bailey, Julien MacDonald OBE, Stella McCartney OBE and Giles Deacon. These alumni have gone on to develop some of the world’s most influential brands, and with the global nature of the industry there are many opportunities for graduates to do the same. Now into its 27th year, GFW prides itself in being a firmly established platform for the transition from student to professional life, and for the launch of careers right across the industry.

NTU hosts prestigious Graduate Fashion Week Masterclass

Published on 30 November 2017
  • Category: Culture; School of Art & Design

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