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Blog

Welcome to the online home for our community of aspirational, innovative and creative individuals. Our blog is for sharing our experiences and visionary ideas with each other, the industry and the world. Find out more about the School of Fashion and Textiles at Birmingham City University.

Shortlisted for GFW: Hannah Greenway

(BA) Fashion Business and Promotion student Hannah talks about her inspiration for her final year project which led her to be shortlisted for the 2020 Graduate Fashion Foundation Awards!

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Shortlisted for GFW 2020: Tara McReynolds

Find out about (BA) Fashion Business and Promotion student Tara McReynold's Instagreen project.

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How has COVID-19 affecting our Fashion students' end of year studies?

While many fashion students are disappointed at having their final shows cancelled because of the pandemic, BCU’s Shan...

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How I completed my degree virtually during the pandemic

BA Fashion Business and Promotion student Zoe Bird reveals how she worked through the pandemic.

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Learning during lockdown

(BA) Fashion Business and Promotion student Emily Orr talks about how she continued learning during lockdown

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From Foundation Fashion and Textiles to BA

Learn about BA Fashion and Textiles student Jasmine- Shah Miah's journey from foundation year to BA.

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Why doing a foundation year was the best choice for me!

Learn about Anna’s journey from foundation year to BA, and the support and experience she gained along the way!

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Preparing for Fashion Business and Promotion and Fashion Branding and Communication

Lock in with BA (Hons) Fashion Branding and Communications, and BA (Hons) Fashion Business and Promotion. Hear our top ...

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Lock in with fashion and textiles

We know this is an unusual time for everyone and thought you might be struggling to find things to do whilst you’re st...

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Shop savvy, save the planet

Oxfam’s Second Hand September is a campaign that aims to raise awareness of the environmental impact on fashion, and i...

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Alumni spotlight: Rebecca Lewis

Rebecca Lewis, BA (Hons) Textile Design graduate, shares what she’s been up to since graduation and gives her top tips ...

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My final year studying Textile Design

Textile Design graduate, Eleanor Brown secures invaluable experience in a world-renowned company, Amtico.

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Staff profile: Annette Clarke

Take a look at Annette's career highlights and top tips for future students thing about studying fashion at BCU.

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How I got to speak at the Change the World Model United Nations in New York

BA (Hons) Fashion Business and Promotion student Claudia Ferraretto speaks at an international conference...

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Graduate Fashion Week: Meet our winners

40 universities showcase portfolios at the world's largest showcase of undergraduate fashion talent. 

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Gabbie Armstrong: My next step in industry

Gabbie worked part time as an in-store trainee Visual Merchandiser at Outfit Fashion during her final year at BCU. Gett...

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Short Course Spotlight: Visual Merchandising

Tutor Vita Woods tells us her top five reasons to take our Visual Merchandising short course. 

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Short Course Spotlight: Buying and Merchandising

Tutors Mike Hansell and Carla Frith tell us their top five reasons to take our Buying and Merchandising short course. 

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Short Course Spotlight: Trend Forecasting

Tutor Els Dragt, tells us her top five reasons to take our Trend Forecasting short course. 

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Recognised by Industry: Textile Design Awards

Recently our final year BA Textiles Students were treated to a whole day packed full of industry insights which include...

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A shift in the right direction

Student conference  highlights innovation and research ideas.

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Ten Week Project with Style Birmingham

Find out what happened when our students did a 10-week project with Style Birmingham.

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Alumni spotlight: Steph Hutchins

BA (Hons) Fashion Design graduate Steph shares her global experience and top tips.

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Alumni Spotlight: Amelia Frost

Amelia Frost, BA (Hons) Textile Design graduate, specialised in printed textiles and surface pattern.

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Alumni Spotlight: Charnice Blaize

Meet Charnice Blaize, Graduate Fashion Week winner  and Cultural Marketing Coordinator at ASOS.

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How I secured a scholarship in Morocco and became a visiting tutor after graduating

Fashion design graduate, Holly Jayne Smith, tells us how she secured a scholarship in Morocco.

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Exploring the legacy of Azzedine Alaïa and a snippet of magCulture

Fashion Branding and Communication students visit Azzedine Alaïa exhibition and magCulture.

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Crazy in love with embroidery: my work on Beyonce's costume

"Surreal” is the one word used by 20 year old Rosie Gee to describe the incredible opportunity she recently embarked on...

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MA Fashion and Textiles: highlights of the year so far

Our calendar is always jam-packed with activities and this year has been no different; from inspiring studio visits to ...

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Seven weeks in a South of France Chateau; my unique industry placement

 BA (Hons) Textiles and design student  Isobel  Smith spends seven weeks in South of France.

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How the Dean's Innovation Award will help me launch my own business

Millie tells us how her award has provided invaluable support for her plan to launch her own business.

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How to make it in the world of fashion and textiles

Find out how we encourage and support you to seek out work placements and build your personal portfolio.

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My award winning collection was scouted on Instagram

Take a look at how Bethany's collection was scouted for a fashion show after being discovered on Instagram.

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My placement with a multi-disciplinary artist

Rebecca Day tells us more about her two-week placement with multi-disciplinary artist Lizzie King.

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Graduate Fashion Week New Media Award Winner

Take a look at how BA (Hons) Fashion Business and Promotion graduate Rebecca won the prestigious prize.

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Behind the scenes at Graduate Fashion week

Graduate Fashion week is at the top of the radar for students aspiring to be a part of the fashion industry.

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Designing for Birmingham Royal Ballet

Check out what final-year School of Fashion and Textiles student Atena Ameri learned during her placement year.

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ERASMUS exchange at Escola Massana in Barcelona

BA (Hons) Textile Design student Hope tells us more about her ERASMUS exchange trip.

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M&S Undergraduate of the Year

Find out how BA (Hons) Fashion Business and Promotion student Chloe reached the grand final.

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Creating a clothing range for George Asda

Find out more about the live brief BA (Hons) Fashion Business and Promotion students worked on.

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My industry placement with H&M

BA (Hons) Fashion Design student Josephine tells us about working overseas with the high street retailer.

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Trend forecasting with BDA London

First year student Aida Brown tells us more about being picked to showcase her Trend Forecasting module work.

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Industry expert, Pete Tarrant, delivers digital embroidery masterclass

Find out how students worked with Pete to develop their knowledge of the industry digital embroidery program, Wilcom.

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Life as a luxury textile designer

BA (Hons) Textile Design graduate Adriana Gentile sets up luxury homewares brand, Adriana Homewares.

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A decade of fundraising and student excellence

 See how students have worked with charities as part of their Events Management module.

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Which Textile Design Career is Right for You

BA (Hons) Textile Design graduate Sophie shows us the career paths that are accessible with a textiles degree.

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Staff profile: Zoë Hillyard

Take a look at her career highlights so far and her tips for students studying BA (Hons) Textile Design.

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Silk in South Asia

BA (Hons) Textile Design graduate Bronagh Teague spoke to us about developing textiles for design giant, Jim Thompson ...

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Rosie Red brings bespoke bridal wear to London Fashion Week

Fashion Design graduate Rosie Dennington showcased her Wanderlust collection at London Fashion Week.

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Kate Hollowood wins Gold at London Design Awards

Textile Design Graduate, Kate, spoke to us about her recent win and how she’s developed her brand.

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Rhys Ellis debuts second collection: White Horses

Fashion Design graduate Rhys unveiled his Spring/Summer 2018 collection at London’s Dray Walk Gallery.

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Balancing Tensions – What do you treasure?

Embroidery Lecturer and Textile Artist Zoë Hillyard recently curated her first Solo Exhibition ‘Balancing Tensions’.

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Dream of your own fashion business? Final year student Paige is setting hers up right now

Paige is using the trend-forecasting and styling skills she’s learned to set up her own publishing business.

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Backstage at London’s Graduate Fashion Week

BA (Hons) Fashion Design Lecturer Jason takes us behind the scenes of Graduate Fashion Week. 

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Staff profile: Sophie Johnson

Take a look at Sophie's specialist areas of expertise and her favourite thing about working for BCU.

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Fashion Business and Promotion student Charnice wins big at GFW 2017

Take a look at how Charnice won the ASOS Future Talent Award for Communication.

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How to get a first in every project and why first year matters with Charnice

BA (Hons) Fashion Business and Promotion student Charnice shares her top tips with first-year student Serlait.

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Life as an Influencer – My industry placement with ‘She Wears Fashion’

Read about Elle's experience of working with Fashion Blogger Kavita Donkersley, and her top placement tips!

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Reproducing the 1845 Honeysuckle dress

Grace tells us about working with a real historical dress for the 'Cabinets of Costume' exhibition.

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My Final Major Project for BA (Hons) Textile Design

Lauren takes us through her Final Major Project for BA (Hons) Textile Design and tells us what she's learned.

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Landing a finalist spot in the 2017 Fashion Awareness Direct competition with Missoni

How I made the finalist shortlist for the Fashion Awareness Direct (FAD) competition with Missoni.

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5 things I learned about myself on industry placement at Next

We caught up with second year BA (Hons) Fashion Business and Promotion student about her industry placement at Next.

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Oh, la la Paris!

First year BA (Hons) Textile Design student Chloe Watling tells us more about her study trip to Paris.

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Interning at LOOK magazine!

Find out more about Beth's exciting internship with LOOK magazine and her top tips for securing a placement.

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