Thursday, 26 June 2014

HND Fashion Design and Production with Retail. Fashion Show 2013/14


 Shara Stevens - Jungle Queen


Shara, 2nd from right with her Jungle Queen Collection. Shara is heading to Heriot Watt University and BA Hons Fashion Technology. Bleached velvet, leopard satin and PVC were all used to create contrast.





Shannen Glashen - Tribal Safari






Shannon Glashen, centre, with her Tribal Safari Collection. Shannon was inspired to fringe, spray and distress garments this year and use herringbone textures with linen to develop textures.

Hannah Shanks - Bright Spark


Hannah Shanks, right, designed her Bright Spark Collection to explore the origins of life. The reflective fabrics selected, contrast well with transparency. Hannah is continuing her studies at Heriot Watt University on BA Hons Fashion Technology.



Eve Walker - Carnival





Inspired by the contrasts within voodoo and the lifestyle of Rio, Evie Walker, centre, printed fabrics to represent sin and atonement. Her Carnival collection completes her time at Fife College but Evie joins a group of our fellow graduates at Heriot Watt University, BA Hons Fashion Technology.

Photography by Hazel Terry




Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Annie and the Mannequins with Topshop, Edinburgh



Wonderful news today as Fife College Fashion Graduate student Maria Cox and her twin sister Steph, prepare to launch with Topshop in Edinburgh. Annie and the Mannequins are already an exciting and experienced online fashion brand.

Read more about their story here

Watch this space for further news. . . .  Huge congratulations to Maria and Steph!

Saturday, 14 June 2014

HND Fashion Design and Production with Retail. Fashion Show 2013/14

Charis Wiltshire- Tribal Being



In the recent Fife College Fashion Show, Charis interpreted the story of Robinson Crusoe to develop her textile based collection. Using many techniques to embellish, manipulate and shape the garments, the Tribal Being collection is representative of Charis' imagination and creativity. She graduates from HND Fashion Design and Production with Retail and heads off to Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen in September.






Armani Younes - R u Jelly?


Armani is heading to Heriot Watt Borders Campus to study BA (Hons) Fashion Technology. She has explored the relationships between transparent and opaque materials inspired by soft food ingredients like marshmallows, jelly all in candy colours.


Lauren Grieve - Exotic

Lauren is also heading to Heriot Watt to study BA (Hons) Fashion Technology and showed an Exotic collection inspired by jungle flora and fauna. Using distressing and bleaching techniques, she played off print, plain, wrap, tuck and texture.


Liga Lazdina - Homeland



Liga Lazdina is continuing her studies next academic year in the fashion department of Edinburgh College of Art. Her Homeland collection experiments with texture, sewing techniques and colour. The natural volcanic forces of Hawaii contrast well with the huge surf power of the Pacific Ocean.

Photography by Hazel Terry.

Thursday, 29 May 2014

make pompoms not bombs!

The work of a group of adult learners who have been taking a step into the world of fibres, fabrics and fashion, learning techniques and getting crafty over the past semester...

 how to take measurements on an alternative mannequin!

learning to knit and work with colour


nice sleeve!

the final fitting and hand stitching techniques

 the best pompom makers in Fife

making a statement 
and adding some colour and joy to the campus

Friday, 16 May 2014

NC Fashion students - Display


NC Fashion Design and Manufacture students spent a busy day today, executing showcase displays planned in previous weeks.


Using a 'Summer Vacation' brief, each group interpreted a theme to merchandise fashion accessories.


Prep, plan, prep. There were constraints and challenges in terms of space, light and time, just as there are in industry. Everyone was calm and worked well together to produce excellent work but it was fiddly and nerve wracking.


A 'British stay-cation' theme offered diamonds, pearls, cherry blossom  and vintage china for ladies who lunch.


This display was light, fresh, fun, elegant and the perfect Spring Break.


Successful students who worked outside their normal comfort zone groups to add further challenges to the task.


Le Weekend a Paris. This group focused on European romance, sightseeing and sophisticated accessories using a day to night theme as the main concept. This made us all want to fly off for a glass of red on the Champs Élysées.


Lenses, frames and flowers add glamour.


Successful students who had lots of detail to organise and balance. They coped well by making many adjustments to their plan giving them lots to evaluate later.


Finally we headed south to Egypt and a theatrical concept using a dark and mysterious approach. Gold, jewels and pyramids drew in spectators who appreciated the amount of work in building the pyramid props and amazing fabric drapes.


Nile blue velvet and Pharaoh stone. Dazzling riches showed creativity and prestige.


More successful students, happy that it turned out so well!

We had so much fun planning and creating these displays and the students learned a lot about themselves and each other whilst doing this. Like all group assessments, there are highs and lows whilst the plan unfolds but all exceeded their own expectations and gave solid and honest feedback to one another. Using glass shelving, china, pins, hammers etc present health and safety challenges, especially whilst working in a busy corridor but I'm happy to report all are safe and sound with no incidents.

There is much to write up and evaluate now that the task is over but I am so proud of this group and will remember today for a long time as one of the highlights of the year. Many thanks to all the staff and art students who fedback valuable comments to help the fashion students develop. Well done, that group!

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Spinning a stronger thread.

Man of the moment!...Were you aware that as well as being a pop icon, a singer/songwriter, rapper, musician and producer  that Pharrell Williams is a fashion designer, is also collaborating with Adidas on a new range, and has a textile company BIONIC. The company is involved in several projects and believes that artists, musicians, directors, fashion designers, journalists, architects, product inventors, and scientists have the tools to mild the reality that we live in and to develop alternative business models and ecologically sensible products to give earthlings an alternative choice and to make change. Pharrell Williams curates the Vortex project... 

Happy Oceans



Saturday, 10 May 2014

I am OTHER

i am OTHER, created by Pharrell Williams, is a creative venture and way of life. In addition to music artists and the  YouTubechannel they have a variety of initiatives that form the collective. It is about being proud in being different and believing that individuality is the new wealth. This shared philosophy flows through the company: music, film, television, apparel, tech and multimedia. 



As part of i am OTHER Style Hunt is a weekly series in which Kenya Hunt and friends scout the streets of the world to see what creative locals are wearing and why.