Fashion students' designs hit the catwalk

27 May 2016

2016 Fashion Show

2016 Fashion Show

Fashion Business students showcased their innovative designs at the 2016 Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) Fashion Show.

Models took to the campus catwalk last night for the annual celebration exhibiting the creations by students of the Fashion Business degree.

On display were second year students’ garments inspired by the historical costume exhibition A Century of Style: Costume and Colour 1800-1899 at the Kelvingrove Museum and third year’s ‘upcycled’ conceptual collections, developed with the guidance of environmental artist Myra Ostacchini.

Final year students reinvented the Paisley Pattern in support of Paisley’s bid to become the 2021 UK City of Culture.

Third year Fashion Business student Ania Cunningham, 32, from Poland, modelled her own design. She said: “I came to GCU in third year and the biggest thing I have learned is the importance of developing a design and working up ideas into a sketchbook as often you end up at a design you didn’t expect. I would like to design and make clothes for myself, running my own boutique.”

Dr Julie McColl, Assistant Head, Department of Business Management in the University’s Glasgow School for Business and Society, said: “Fashion students at GCU gain a head-start in the industry by learning both fashion design and business. The Fashion Show is the culmination of their excellent endeavours and is always a great night, celebrating the students’ achievements and showcasing their work to friends, family and industry partners.”

The GCU degree is the only one of its kind in Scotland, combining fashion design and business. Its Glasgow campus is home to the Fashion Factory, with state-of-the-art design rooms used by GCU students and by school pupils completing the Fashion Brand Retailing programme. GCU also offers a postgraduate MSc International Fashion Marketing, and is one of just 69 EPAS-accredited institutions worldwide in recognition of its high quality teaching and graduate successes.

At the GCU London campus, the British School of Fashion offers co-created industry-focused postgraduate programmes including the MBA Luxury Brand Management and at GCU New York, the Fair Fashion Center tackles the need for sustainability in the $2.5 trillion industry.

The free annual GCU Fashion Show was organised with the support of Catwalk Productions.