More about Ryan
Ryan graduated from our Fashion Design course in 2013, and showcased his designs on the catwalk at Graduate Fashion Week. After catching the eye of clothing designers George, his final-year collection has recently been reproduced for the high street.
What made you choose to study at NTU?
"I had done my research on the University and found them to be really brilliant and outstanding at what they do."
What did you enjoy most about the Fashion Design course?
"I most enjoyed meeting new people, the different resources of equipment you could use and the knowledge and skills I gained."
Can you tell us about an industry competition you took part in during the course?
"I entered an industry competition with Hawes and Curtis and that's when I started experimenting with my print and colour and realised this was my talent. After finishing the project, I was chosen as one of the five finalists to showcase my shirt in their store."
Can you tell us about a guest lecturer that you really enjoyed?
"There was a very interesting speaker (Orsola de Castro) that came to talk about recycling fabrics to make new garments. I went to one of her open classes and thought it was so creative, she was amazed at what I had come up with. It was just brilliant to explore that side of things."
How did you find the course staff?
"The course staff were fantastic, at the end of my final year they just felt like family, very helpful and supportive."
What do you think about the facilities available to you?
"They were brilliant, and we had a wide range of resources to work with. Bonington Gallery was inspiring, the art shop was convenient and the colour bureau was helpful. The library was amazing with computers, help and books."
Did you complete any work placements during the course?
"I did a work placement for a designer Edward Finney who is very up-and-coming at the moment. I helped him with his whole collection that was going to be showcased at London Fashion Week where I then went and marketed his clothing to a whole group of interesting customers. He then let me take full charge of a photo shoot in the centre of London."
What are you planning to do next, and where do you hope to be in five years' time?
"At the moment I'm keeping my options open. I will soon be focusing on a good place of work and creating my own fashion label. I am busy looking at doing a collection of my own called BLACK JUNGLE. I see myself in five years' time with a fashion label and a home decor and furniture label, I'm extremely versatile and will always be like that, I'm very motivated in what I do and always say to myself nothing is impossible."