Nadja Gegner

Founder - MAVOLU
Founding member - re/GENERATE
BA (Hons) Fashion Business 2015

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What made you choose GCU and your specific course?

I was born and raised in a small city in Bavaria, Germany. Long before my graduation from school I decided that I wanted to study abroad, preferably at an English-speaking university. Glasgow Caledonian University just seemed to have it all: located in a vibrant city and with a great selection of different courses, including very forward-thinking and modern studies. I chose to study the BA (Hons) course in Fashion Business and have not regretted the decision once. My time at GCU was wonderful - I met great people from all over the world and made friends for life. The campus is modern and beautiful and the overall quality of education is very high. Glasgow itself has so much to offer - great museums, a huge selection of restaurants and bars, and lots of parks and greenery. I particularly enjoyed the music scene and nightlife, with a great variety of gigs and events happening on every single day of the week.

Can you tell me more about your current role?

During my studies at GCU I started to become very interested in the topic of ethical and sustainable fashion, which is also what I chose to focus my final dissertation on. After graduation I went to Mexico for a three months internship with a local fashion designer called Vero Diaz. When I came back I decided that I wanted to deepen my knowledge in the field of ethical fashion and moved to Berlin in order to study a MA course in 'Sustainability in Fashion'. The focus of my MA dissertation was on sustainable textile production and material innovation, and I travelled to India in order to research the production processes of banana fibre, peace silk and soy fibre. Since graduating in 2017 I have started my own online platform called MAVOLU, featuring a material library and an online shop for sustainable products made from innovative textiles and future materials. In addition to that I am one of the founding members of re/GENERATE, an interdisciplinary team that is focused on aligning the fashion industry to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. Looking back now, the BA Fashion Business course at GCU has certainly provided me with the necessary background knowledge and has laid the foundation for all this, and I am more than happy with how everything has turned out since.

What advice would you give to current students and new graduates?

Keep an open-minded approach and don't stress about having it all figured out and tons of jobs lined up straight when you leave uni - life might just take you in a completely different direction, you never know. Simply make the most of your time at GCU, embrace the opportunities to make friends from all over the world and most of all: make some great memories!

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