Students to showcase their talents at Nottingham Fashion Week


New College Nottingham (ncn) students will be showcasing their talents throughout the city during Nottingham’s first ever Fashion Week, which runs from 22 – 30 April.

Thanks to a partnership between Nottingham BID and New College Nottingham, a number of ncn students are being given fantastic opportunities to showcase their work in a variety of professional settings alongside industry specialists.

The week will see a number of Nottingham’s fashion boutiques, high street brands and retailers come together to celebrate style in the city and will be kicked off with a Nottingham Fashion Week launch party in ncn’s student run Adams Restaurant on 21 April. Catering and hospitality students have also produced a special fashion week menu, which will feature local Nottinghamshire produce, and will be served in the Adams Restaurant throughout the week.

During the latter weekend of the week, 29 & 30 April, ncn fashion retail students will be styling backstage under the guidance of professional stylists at the It’s in Nottingham Style Shows Live catwalks at the Old Museum Building at Nottingham Conference Centre. Whilst fashion design students will be showing their collections at It’s in Nottingham Style Presentations at the Nottingham Contemporary on Saturday 30 April.

Music performance students will be helping to create a lively atmosphere around the city by playing live music on Friday 29 April between 12-2pm and Saturday 30 April between 11:30am – 3:30pm at Listergate near the Broadmarsh entrance, Bridle Smith Gate and the Brian Clough Statue. Musicians will be joined by acting students, who will be performing a medley of physical theatre. All performers will have been styled by fashion students.

Attendees of the fashion shows will be captured by the skills of ncn media production students, who have produced a launch film which will be used on the screens.

Journalism students will also be showcasing their skills on The Nottingham Fashion Week website by writing regular updates about what not to miss.

The week has been organised by Nottingham BID in collaboration with the Creative Quarter and will take the place of the popular two-day event 48 Hours of Fashion.

Head of Academy for Music, Performance and Fashion, Michelle Lloyd said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to get their work out there and show off the talent that they have. It’s great that they are being exposed to such a professional platform, we are very grateful to Nottingham BID for providing them with such a unique opportunity.”

Fashion student, Natasha Blair, who has been working hard on her pieces for the catwalks, which include a futuristic urban theme, said: “I’m really excited to be part of the week, I think Nottingham can sometimes get overlooked and shadowed by London, but it’s a great city, housing lots of talent from the fashion industry.” Natasha has collaborated with Textiles student, Simran Sembi for her pieces and added: “It has been a great project, it’s the first time I have been able to collaborate and I have really enjoyed being able to share creative ideas, I’ve learnt a lot of new techniques. I’m really excited about getting the opportunity to showcase our work in this setting.”