Birmingham students showcase fashion designs in China

Ashley Allan fashion designs

A group of budding fashion designers from Birmingham City University premiered their collections at a series of fashion shows in China.

Five final-year students from the BA Fashion Design course saw their work on show at the Academy of International Visual Arts (AIVA) in Shanghai and Jiangnan University in Jiangsu, as well as forming part of an annual catwalk show at Changshu Institute.

School of Fashion and Textiles

Birmingham City University

Collections that debuted on the runway included items of clothing inspired by street art, Britain in the 1940s and the pressures of being a teenager.

“Showcasing my work in China was such an incredible opportunity and a great way to end my experience at university”, added Ashley.

Professor Colin Gale, Head of the School of Fashion and Textiles at Birmingham City University, said: “We’re delighted to provide our students with this fantastic opportunity which we also hope will further consolidate some of our partnerships in China.”

Birmingham City University recently became one of few institutions globally to be given approval by the Chinese Government to set up a jointly run higher education institute in China.

The partnership with Wuhan Textile University saw the Birmingham Institute of Fashion and Creative Art open to a new intake of 300 students in September 2016. The School of Fashion and Textiles have an increasing number of international partnerships and currently deliver a range of courses with Higher Education Institutions in India (Mumbai and Chennai) and in Hong Kong.

The School also encourages their students to take part in abroad study and the overseas trips that are ran throughout the year to help build real world relationships for potential work experience opportunities to increase their employability.

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