Isabelle

Pennington-Edmead

United Kingdom
To suddenly be approached by the University and told that I was being put forward for the chance to gain a scholarship from a world renowned fashion house was unbelievable!

More about Isabelle

What made you choose to study at NTU?
“I did not wish to apply to a London based fashion college, so it was a case of looking at universities outside the capital that provided a wide range of opportunities in the fashion industry. I was also aware of which universities had students who were honoured and recognised at annual national student fashion awards.”

What have you enjoyed most about studying Fashion Design so far?
“So far my favourite parts of the course have been the Design Culture Context lectures and seminars, the 2D workshops and designing. Drawing and designing are the things I enjoy most about the design process. I love learning about different cultures and issues to make my work relevant, so this is why I find the Design Culture Context lectures so interesting.”

How do you find the facilities?
“The facilities in the Bonington building are great and also very inspiring, with the studios having lots of space to work in and high quality equipment. The on-campus art shop stocks a variety of materials, some of which I have never thought of using! I love spending time in there and coming up with new ideas of how to make my work more exciting with new materials and media.”

Can you tell us a little bit about winning the Alexander McQueen Sarabande Scholarship Award?
“During my first week at NTU I was approached by my lecturers who explained the Sarabande Foundation to me. Based on speaking to me at my initial interview, they explained that they would like to submit my portfolio for consideration by the foundation. The news of my work being put forward for this award was a great shock!

“I was concentrating on the whole process of moving to a new city and preparing to study fashion; one of the great loves in my life. To suddenly be approached by the University and told that I was being put forward for the chance to gain a scholarship from a world renowned fashion house was unbelievable!”

What are you most looking forward to in connection with this award?
“Sarabande has given me the opportunity to visit and meet the people who are involved with a large internationally recognised fashion house. I will never forget the experience and I will use this as inspiration in the hope that I can aspire to their levels in my own work. The scholarship will allow me to study and fully explore a wealth of different fabrics and finishing processes that may have been out of my range. I am looking forward to receiving professional support from such a prestigious organisation.”

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