Top industry names from Nike and Monsoon were among the packed audience of more than 600 people who lined the catwalk of Regent’s University London’s final-year fashion show in trendy Brick Lane on 11 May.
The event welcomed a veritable ‘who’s who’ of industry names, including fashion entrepreneur, designer and chair of the Costume Society Sylvia Ayton MBE, along with representatives from brands including Nike and Monsoon and industry representatives from the creative hub Arts Thread and Hearst Magazines that represent top magazines like ELLE and Cosmopolitan.
Fashion journalism student Lisa Nielsen was front-row on the night and wrote a piece that you can read in After Nyne magazine, saying the event was 'a defining moment not only for the class of 2017, Regent’s BA (Hons) Fashion Design graduates but equally, the future of the fashion industry ... a display of sheer talent and craftsmanship in tailoring, pattern-cutting and technique'.
Drawing inspiration from her father’s passing, Verag Kiss, BA (Hons) Fashion Design described the inspiration for her work.
She said: 'The inspiration for my collection was a fusion of things. I lost my dad to cancer, so I looked at what cancer cells are like. I express myself about personal things that happen visually and look at artists to see how they represent their feelings.'
BA (Hons) Fashion Design with Marketing student, Gabriella Wright, highlighted the international nature of the programme and what she wants to do now she has graduated.
She said: 'I’ve studied with people from all over the world and have developed a global network of contacts. My tutors have pushed me to be the best I can be. I did work experience for a swimwear brand while studying and want to go into design.'
Dahren Davey, Regent’s Course Leader for Fashion & Design, also noted the internationalism reflected in the student body and their works: 'Our students are truly international and arrive with differing cultures and backgrounds. They are encouraged to be themselves, and this gives them a genuinely individual design and creative outlook to build upon.'
Also on show were BA (Hons) Fashion Marketing students’ final major projects. Commenting on her marketing project skiwear, Emma Jones said: 'I found a gap in the market for skiwear that is fashionable and affordable, creating a brand called ‘Track’ that is aimed at the female millennial. It is great to be able to walk away and say that we have studied fashion marketing at Regent’s University London.'
Study abroad students Eli Bejin and Jess Blum from the University of Western Michigan agreed that Regent’s is a truly international experience, saying they have enjoyed their time here for a semester.
Ms Bejin said: 'I don’t want to go home! It is a life-changing experience. I feel that I am now not afraid to go anywhere. We get very different classes than we could imagine at home.'
Ms Blum added: 'We have learned a lot about production and the technical aspects from our lecturers. We did a lot of backstage work and selected the models taking part in the show.'
The evening event also included the presentation of three student prizes for the Regent's International Fashion competition for Schools 2017, sponsored by Bloomsbury Publishing.
Winning student Vanda Volcikova from the English College in Prague, Czech Republic, saw her design professionally styled and photographed, and also received a collection of Bloomsbury fashion books.
Competition runners-up were Turaya Morton-Kemsley, The Royal Masonic School for Girls in Rickmansworth, UK, and Defne Uzelli from Hisar School in Turkey, who also both received Bloomsbury prizes.
Commenting on the successful year and fashion show Gill Stark, Head of Regent’s School of Creative and Liberal Arts, concluded: 'I’d like to congratulate all of our fashion students and staff. We are incredibly proud of their achievements and this excellent showcase of their work.
'I’d also like to recognise our Fashion Partners - Bloomsbury Publishing, who have helped make our Bloomsbury Fashion Scholarship for MA International Fashion Marketing possible, and also After Nyne magazine; Natalisa Osipova from The Design Studio; George and the Electric Hairdressing team; DSA Productions, and Vilene Freudenberg.'
See all of the designs and catwalk from Regent’s fashion show gallery.