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!

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