In my second year we were set a live menswear project by ASOS – this was when I found my love for menswear design and I haven’t looked back since.
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What made you choose to study at NTU?
“After a lot of research, I chose to apply to NTU because of the amazing reputation the fashion department has. After attending an open day and my interview I just knew it was where I wanted to be, it was my first choice.”
Congratulations on winning the Tessuti Sportswear Award at Graduate Fashion Week! Can you tell us why you chose to pursue sportswear, and what inspired your collection?
“After completing my work experience with JD I knew that sportswear was the area I wanted to specialise in. It is a continually developing industry, with lots of new technologies and fabric innovations which are all very exciting.
“For my collection, I started out by investigating youth culture in Britain, but this quickly evolved into a more concise and considered concept which was driven by current affairs in the Capital. I looked at the increase in crime and the involvement of youths in gangs. This then drove me to look at the direction of youth culture - the way they dress to intimidate and to adopt an identity as part of a gang.
“In my collection I wanted to capture the identity of British Youth culture and explore adolescent masculinity. Through my research I identified that the ‘Teddy Boys’ were the first teenage generation to shock and rebel. They introduced a fashion that was completely working class in its origins, and they made it acceptable for males to dress purely for show. Their appearance was deliberately rebellious. In my collection I have combined the essence of the Teddy Boys with the new gang the Roadman.”
How did it feel to win the award?
“I was so shocked, and I feel so proud to have won an award for NTU. Hopefully this will open some doors for me into the sportswear industry.
What did you enjoy most about your course?
“I enjoyed how challenging it was and how well it prepares you for the industry. You leave with the skills and the work ethic to be successful.”
Were you involved in any live projects or briefs?
“In my second year we were set a live menswear project by ASOS – this was when I found my love for menswear design and I haven’t looked back since. This was my favourite part of my degree, it was demanding, hard work, and a challenge to work as part of a team, but it was also a valuable experience and an opportunity to present to the industry and receive feedback on our work.”
Did your course include any industry speakers or lectures?
“Linda Leaver cam to speak to us and set us a brief that required us to design for a consumer with a disability. It was a rewarding experience and it was interesting to consider the functionality of garments in relation to disabled consumers.
“I also enjoyed it when the graduate fashion week council came to speak to us, it really inspired me to work hard so that I could be involved and make the most of the opportunity.”
What do you think about the course staff?
“The staff are incredible; I could not have done it without their support. The lecturers are all passionate about the subject and they provide you with all of the tool you need to do well.
“The technicians are superstars and sewing wizards, their knowledge really helped me to develop my sewing skills. They are always happy to help.”
Did you complete any work placements as part of your course?
I had the opportunity to work for the sportswear group JD. I Joined then as a Junior Designer in their design team where I had the chance to design for brands such as Ellesse & Fila. I worked with them throughout the summer in both my first and second year at NTU. The experience was invaluable as it helped me to build upon the skills I had learnt on my course, especially my CAD skills. I cannot recommended work experience enough.
If you could give current students one piece of advice, what would it be?
“Make sure that you work on your CAD skills, it is so important in the industry. And don’t leave anything until the last minute!”