More about Xuan
What made you choose to study at NTU?
“The various directions that the BA (Hons) Fashion Design course offered provided more possibilities for my career. I also love Nottingham, it’s a peaceful city with strong energy.”
What do you enjoy most about your course?
“I most enjoy sharing work with my classmates; everyone is so different but so creative."
How do you find the course staff?
“The course staff are so kind and care for the students. They make me brave enough to take the next step towards my design fantasy. They support my learning in every area and give me useful suggestions when I get a bit lost in design.”
How do you find the facilities?
“NTU has excellent facilities, such as laser cutters that we are all able to use. The shop is great and sells so many materials. The library is my second home, a perfect place for self-studying.”
Have you completed any placements?
“I worked as a handbag designer for Sally Young, a wholesale handbag company in Birmingham during my first year. I practised all the skills I would need in the handbag industry and this experience gave me more direction towards my future career."
Congratulations on being awarded 2nd place in the Linda Leaver live project! Can you tell us a little bit about this?
“This competition was really meaningful and valuable. The whole experience was so beneficial for me as not only did I develop my design skills but it made me understand that design is not only about looking cool. The most valuable lesson I learnt was how to wear other people’s shoes. As I had no experience of sitting in wheelchairs for long periods of time, I hired a wheelchair to try and make myself closer to wheelchair users.
“My designs for this project were extraordinarily practical. All the design details were carefully considered for wheelchair users’ demands. In addition to comfort and functionality, I followed the current high street trends to make sure the whole collection was stylish and fashionable for young male wheelchair users.
“First place, second place or third place didn’t mean too much, the whole experience was the very best award for me.”