Versatile fashion student shows new pattern of learning
Fashion and Textiles students at the University of Wolverhampton have shown a new pattern of learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fashion degree course students usually work towards building up a final collection with opportunities to exhibit work at the New Designers Show in London but, due to the pandemic, have been looking at other ways to improve their skills and showcase their designs.
Harriet, 24 from Wolverhampton, is in her third year of studying for a degree in Fashion & Textiles and looked for other ways of promoting her work online during the pandemic.
Harriet’s final year project, 404.Gender, is a gender neutral fashion collection which aims to represent everyone equally and to create inclusivity. Harriet secured sponsorship from PrinFab, a custom fabric printing company, to create the collection.
She said: “My collection seeks to get the public questioning why gender is associated with fashion and my aim was to create an inclusive fashion brand that is suitable for anyone. It looks to solve problems about sizing in fashion and the lack of diverse representation in the fashion industry.
“Studying in lockdown has been hard, and there have been moments when I’ve felt overwhelmed, but I continued to push forward and produce work that I probably wouldn’t have if I was still physically attending University.”
Harriet’s final collection has been postponed until 2021 but she has focused on producing videos to showcase her work as well as documenting what it has been like studying in lockdown. She has also focused on refining her portfolio of work and her website.
Jo Bloodworth, Lecturer in Fashion at the University, said: “We are very proud of our students and how they have adapted in this difficult and unexpected situation. Without the workshops, industrial equipment and expertise of our technical and academic team on site it has been a challenge.
“We have had to revisit the briefs and consolidate and amend submission requirements without compromising standards or learning. I am really proud of the fashion and textiles team. There was a sense of relief from our students as we planned weekly tutorials through our online learning platform, Canvas, and Teams.
“The students have shown strength, an ability to adapt to difficult situations, resourcefulness, time management skills, communicating in different forms and much more. This all makes them highly employable and prepares them for a future in an ever changing industry.”
Anyone interested in studying Fashion and Textiles and Surface Pattern at the University of Wolverhampton can still apply for courses starting in September and October 2020.
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