Victoria Centre shoppers are in for a treat next month when the work of aspiring fashion designers from Nottingham College will be on display.
The group of 17 Foundation Degree Fashion students have been busy working for the past few months on their final major projects, and to celebrate their hard work, they’ll be showcasing their unique designs from 2nd to 18th July for friends, family and members of the public to enjoy.
The students have produced a diverse range of themes this year, from paper wedding dresses, printed swimwear, and own-brand sportswear, to corsetry, genderless, and African-inspired menswear.
It’s always been really important to us that we support and celebrate local talent in Nottingham. We welcome thousands of shoppers every day who visit our stores for fashion inspiration and now they’ll get to see the work of some amazing up and coming designers from our city. They’ll be displayed alongside major high street brands like River Island and Next and who knows, we may well be looking at the designs of a household name of the future.- Sophie Hill, Marketing Manager at Victoria Centre
Kathy Steadman, Course Leader FdA Fashion, said: “Our students have put so much time and effort into their collections, which we’d usually recognise in the form of our End of Year Fashion Show. Unfortunately, due to Covid restrictions, this hasn’t been possible, so we’re hugely grateful to Victoria Centre for offering such a great public space for our students to showcase their work and celebrate their achievements.”
Naomi Lawrence, 28, studies part-time and plans to launch her own online fashion business when she finishes her course. For her final major project she’s designed a hoody and over-sized T-Shirt dress themed around spirituality, being confident and empowering people. She said:
I’m really looking forward to displaying my designs at Victoria Centre. I feel like it pushes me to the next level in my development and will give me a confidence boost.- Naomi
Elizabeth Ezediaro, 42, calls her collection African Pride. She produced two male outfits, a kaftan and trousers, using traditional African fabric and printed symbols to represent her heritage and culture. She said:
I’m really pleased with how my collection has turned out and I’m looking forward to seeing people’s reactions.- Elizabeth
The College offers a range of creative courses, both part-time and full-time, from Level 1 through to degree-level study.