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News: Our fashion students launch Nottingham’s first VR catwalk at their pop-up event in the Victoria Centre

group picture of female students at a pop-up event
Group of fashion students

Students have created an event which will feature a VR catwalk experience, portfolio advice, family activities and exhibit their work to promote sustainability in the fashion industry. 

The event will give visitors an insight into life as a fashion student, showcasing their coursework and featuring interviews where students discuss the inspiration behind their designs. This will be achieved through a designed VR headset experience powered by AI.

The event is being held in a unit near John Lewis in the Victoria Centre and will include activities such as collaging with scrap fabrics, hand looms for weaving with upcycled materials and demonstrations of how to design your own AI room using virtual reality software. 

Students from level 1 through to FDA and BA(hons), have been working on projects for this event. They have worked using sustainable inks, chemical free dyes, upcycling, and recycling products. Students have also looked at digital technology to limit the use of fabrics needed, this allows visitors to use VR headsets to view digital designs and portfolios that the students have created themselves. 

Staff and students will be at the pop-up for members of the public to speak about their work, alongside some family friendly activities which will be available from 1pm-4pm today (2nd April) and then from 10am-4pm from Wednesday 3rd to Saturday 6th.

This pop-up has been a collaboration with It’s In Nottingham who have acquired a unit in the Victoria Centre for students to use, they have also reached out to local businesses to repurpose desks and equipment to use in the displays as part of a sustainability effort by recycling and reusing. 

We spoke to Liv Kear, Fashion and Textiles Level 3, student about the project, who said:

This opportunity is really good because I’m able to display my work and talk to the public to hopefully get my name out there and tell people about the course. I’m most excited about looking at all the other students work and getting inspiration from them and getting the chance to explain my work to the public and how it impacted me. 

Liv Kear — Level 3, Fashion and Textiles student

We also heard from Andrew Napier, Marketing and Comms manager at It’s in Nottingham who spoke on the importance of this event. He said: 

It’s really important that we work with the college as they’re a big part of the city and member of It’s In Nottingham. We’re doing what we can to support them, but our focus also extends to the city itself. We want to help young people find their way into retail or fashion, giving them a platform to showcase their work and gain valuable real-world experience. 

Andrew Napier — Marketing and Comms manager at it’s In Nottingham
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  • 2nd April 2024 (3:13 PM)
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