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fashion design rochester


Illustration by Gemma Baynton

The Fashion Design Course at Rochester has an international reputation for producing highly individual, highly skilled and creative practitioners capable of working within all levels of the industry. Graduates have gone on to excel and innovate in a wide range of careers such as designers, product developers, pattern cutters, pattern and garment technologists. Our excellent links with the fashion industry from global brands such as H&M and Max Mara to British companies such as Reiss and Jigsaw ensure a healthy work placement provision for students within the curriculum and excellent prospects for employment. The programme has been developed in conjunction with the requirements of the fashion industry and includes live projects to ensure the students are well versed in the demands of the fashion industry. The exciting range of studio based projects and international competitions are underpinned by a broad base of skills, both traditional craft methods and new digital techniques. The deep rooted history of conceptual design, the craft of making clothes and computer aided manufacture has helped establish a cultivate the strong sense of craftsmanship and technological innovation. This has earned the course a national and international reputation for producing a mix of innovative, highly creative and highly competent technical experts, who are able to manage, hold dialogue, guide, coordinate and create design concepts as well as manage and direct the product through to point of sale. -Donna Ives, Course Leader BA Fashion Design at the University for the Creative Arts 3

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Styling: Amy Warner Photography: Sinikka Konttinen Hair & Make-up: Jess Warner Models: Diva, David and Ben from Nevs models 4


Model wears Emma Star

This page: Model wears Fenella Hawker Opposite: Model wears William Cuthbertson



This page: Model wears Elizabeth Richardson Opposite: Model wears Gemma Baynton




Model wears Joanna Leon


Models wear Latifah Usman 12


This page: Model wears Harrison Thom Opposite: Model wears Elizabeth Richardson 14


This page: Model wears Maria Georgiou Opposite: Model wears Leontia Georgiou




Fenella Hawker 18


Gemma Baynton 20


Joanna Leon 22


Lida Diamantopoulou 24


Harrison Thom 26


the coat

Styling: Bronwyn Stemp & Elvija Vitola Photography: Robbie Munn 28

Gemma Baynton

‘My collection entitled ‘The Outsiders’ is based around the social outcasts, misfits, freaks and geeks at school. I initially started draping garments on the stand, combining different clothing that doesn’t usually go together to get something a bit odd. Two of the garments used were a dressing gown and a tailored blazer for contrast. I used mohair wool to make the coat, mainly because I loved the texture and quality of it but it also has a tendency to moult everywhere. I went through so many lint rollers!’


Lida Diamantopoulou:

‘Initially the coat was going to be fully covered with pompoms but I realised this would be far too heavy so reduced them to half of the jacket . The pompoms are handmade from a variety of coloured wool that was selected to compliment the aesthetic of my collection. I enlisted the help of my mother and friends back in Greece due to the sheer volume of pompom making required. Once the packages of pompoms arrived from Greece they were then all individually sewn on by hand.’


Joanna Leon:

‘Due to my fabric choice, this sleeveless and partially backless coat was the most time consuming garment of my collection titled From Squalor to Scholar. Matching checks, stripes and prints is a guilty pleasure of mine; it takes a little while but the final outcome, when done correctly, is more than worth it!’



Harrison Thom:

‘The starting point for my collection inspiration came from the military Special Forces trained for snow warfare. As I developed my collection concept the idea became about each outfit representing a different ‘character’ as if they were in a small elite military team. This coat was designed to be the Captain’s coat, so I needed it to be a symbol of power. I found some amazing imagery of military captains in Siberia wearing these huge coats that clearly would not have been given to the average soldier. Proportion took a while to get right during fittings purely because of the scale of the coat.’ 33

Lisa Halliday:

‘The inspiration behind my collection was the 1958 Ripple Rock explosion in Canada. The jacket pattern was created from draping triangular shapes on the mannequin, which started at the center back neck and draped to create the front shape eliminating any front collar seams to create the idea of force pushing the garment outwards at the front. Before constructing the jacket the calfskin sleeves had to be painted first to make sure the gradient was equal, following the tones created in the visuals of the ripple rock explosion of the rock merging with the water.’


Lucinda Roberts:

‘The inspiration came from shapes that represent the Bauhaus movement and minimalist architecture. This coat was developed from a square of fabric then draped around the stand whilst trying to be very strict with how I inserted sleeves and pockets and being mindful of what shapes I cut off the square to get the desired silhouette. I had to quilt about 5 meters of loop back jersey with felt sandwiched in between which took a whole weekend to do.’


featured Gemma Baynton William Cuthbertson Lida Diamantopoulou Maria Georgiou Leontia Georgiou Lisa Halliday Fenella Hawker Joanna Leon Elizabeth Richardson Lucinda Roberts Emma Star Harrison Thom Latifah Usman 36

credits Art Director: Brendan Geoghegan* Photographers: Sinikka Konttinen** Robbie Munn Stylists: Amy Warner* Elvija Vitola* Bronwyn Stemp* Make up & Hair:

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Jessica Warner

BA (hons) Fashion Promotion BA (hons) Photography (Contemporary Practice) 37


The course has links with industry through visiting practitioners, live projects and work placements. Previous work placements have included: • Alexander McQueen • Roksanda Illinic • Jonathan Saunders • Jenny Packham • Roland Mouret • Reiss.

Industry experience

Access to design, pattern and production studios with specialist industrial machinery enabling you to cut and manufacture garments; an industrystandard, a unique computer-aided manufacture facility - Gerber; CAD facilities for portfolio development and a brand new state-of-the-art fashion textiles digital printing resource.


The success of the course can be measured in the achievements of its students. In the past, students have scooped prestigious prizes in national competitions, including Winner of the River Island Menswear Portfolio Competition, Best Womenswear Collection and Gold Award for the best collection at Graduate Fashion Week, and Winner of FAD (Fashion Awareness Direct) Competition.

The course has excellent links with industry both through live projects with Warehouse and Margaret Howell and external competitions as well as collaborations with industry experts. The diverse staffing base brings a wealth of professional experience – many staff members continue to work in fashion, ensuring that practice and teaching in the course reflects the latest industry standards.

This award-winning and internationally-recognised course prepares you for a career in fashion. It is a skills-based course, where you have the opportunity to explore your ideas both two- and three-dimensionally, using a broad variety of techniques and approaches in exciting and challenging projects.

3 years full-time /

Fashion Design BA (Hons)

Year 3 • Design, development and production of a collection (mens or womenswear) leading to a catwalk presentation • Career preparation and professional skills • Portfolio development including international competitions.

Year 2 • Tailoring and creative cutting techniques • Live company project with Fashion Textiles: Print to design, produce and market a collection • Work placement (excellent links with industry to support this) • Opportunity for international exchange with partner institutions.

Year 1 • Introduction to design and instruction in pattern and production • Drawing and portfolio skills • Computer technology for pattern (computer-aided manufacture - Gerber) and presentation (computer-aided design). • Live design project with an industry partner such as Warehouse

Our graduates go on to work an extensive range of careers in the fashion industry, including design, creative cutting, illustration, design room management, production management and garment technology. They have progressed in careers all over the world, including: • Comme des Garçons, Balenciaga, Lanvin and Givenchy in Paris • Max Mara and Prada in Italy • Burberry, Stella McCartney, Reiss, Jigsaw and Karen Millen in the UK.

Career opportunities

the course


For international applications where English is not your first language you need to achieve an average IELTS of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component) or equivalent.

We also accept other relevant and equivalent UK and international qualifications, which are considered on an individual basis.

International Baccalaureate BTEC Awards, Certificates, and Diplomas at level 3 BTEC Nationals at level 3 OCR Nationals NVQ at level 3 Key Skills level 3 Level 3 of the ‘Creative and Media’ 14 - 19 Diploma Other EU/International qualifications which are equivalent to 220-240 tariffs at level 3

GCE A levels

You apply through UCAS and need to meet the minimum entry requirements of 220/240 UCAS points. These need to come from a qualification on our list of accepted qualifications:

Applying for a Course

Portfolio to include an exploration of drawing techniques, experimentation with media, attention to presentation and annotated sketchbooks. We need to see evidence of fashion design; you will be expected to undertake a project prior to interview (more details available from admissions). At interview we like to see a real passion for the subject.


For more information please see page 184 or visit

Typical entry requirements • Minimum entry criteria of 220-240 UCAS tariff points.

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What to include in your portfolio We like to see exploration of drawing techniques, colour, experimentation with a variety of media, and attention to presentation. Annotated sketchbook work and personal development is always welcomed. At interview we like to see a real passion for the subject and expect students to demonstrate this.

All applicants will be offered an interview where you will be expected to bring a portfolio of your work.


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UCA Fashion Design Rochester Magazine 2013  

Fashion Design Rochester Magazine 2013* Art Directed by Brendan Geoghegan *I do not own any of the imagery within this magazine.

UCA Fashion Design Rochester Magazine 2013  

Fashion Design Rochester Magazine 2013* Art Directed by Brendan Geoghegan *I do not own any of the imagery within this magazine.