Fashion Graduates Fly The Flag In China

26 October 2011

One of graduate Lucy Outhwaite's designs

A design by Fashion graduate Lucy Outhwaite on the catwalk during the 15th Ningbo International Fashion Fair.

This was a fantastic opportunity for our graduates to show their work at a prestigious international festival. 

Professor Huw Davies; Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Design and Technology.

15th Ningbo International Fashion Fair line-up

Derby Fashion graduate Lucy Outhwaite (second from left) lines up with other designers and organisers during the 15th Ningbo International Fashion Fair's 'Together' show.

Fashion designs by University of Derby graduates graced the catwalk of a major annual international fashion show in China and appeared on TV there.

Lucy Outhwaite and Ravinder Marathu, both graduates of Derby's BA (Hons) in Fashion Studies degree course, showed their work on the catwalk at the three-day 15th Ningbo International Fashion Fair.

Derby was one of 12 UK insitutions whose graduates and students were chosen to represent Britain at the fashion fair. The others were Arts University College of Bournemouth, Bradford College, London College of Fashion and the universities of Central Lancashire, Coventry, Manchester Metropolitan, Middlesex, Northampton, Nottingham Trent, Salford and Southampton Solent.

The British Council is promoting links between UK universities and Ningbo's thriving textile and fashion industry, working with the Zhejiang Textile and Fashion College based there. The aim is to establish a platform for the exchange and cooperation of production, teaching and research for China and the UK.

UK universities' staff visited Ningbo in March (2011) for the launch of the Sino-UK Co-operation Centre for Textile and Fashion Production, Teaching and Research. Ningbo representatives visited the UK over May and June.

Graduates and students were given the chance to show their designs as part of the fashion fair, which closed Sunday (October 23), in a show entitled 'Together', celebrating the co-operation between education and industry in Britain and China. The catwalk show was staged at the Ningbo Television Centre and broadcast on TV (see our event video here )

Further joint UK-China projects are set to follow, including involvement in Ningbo's Hefeng Creative Square.

Lucy, 22, originally from Hull, is now working as an Assistant Designer for George at Asda in Lutterworth, Leicestershire.

She said: "It was really inspiring to go to China and show six of my designs in a collection. It was an amazing experience, as I'd never been there before."

Ravinder, 24, originally of Birmingham, is now working as an Assistant Menswear Designer at UCLA Apparel in London.

The student collections were accompanied by staff from the University's Faculty of Arts, Design and Technology; its Dean, Professor Huw Davies, and Jane Stanton, Head of Design.

Professor Davies said: "This was a fantastic opportunity for our graduates to show their work at a prestigious international festival. Their selection by the British Council to represent the UK shows the quality and international reach the University is achieving."

A British Council spokesman added: "The British Council creates international opportunities for the people of the UK and China and builds trust between them.

"It is wonderful that talented University of Derby graduates and teachers are contributing to these objectives and building concrete relationships between our two countries through Higher Education links in fashion design. I am delighted that the University is raising its profile in this dynamic, fast developing area of China."

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