Friday, February 24, 2012


Clothes Show Live Greets Fashion Students from the University of Northampton
Students studying fashion related courses at the University of Northampton were last month given the opportunity to gain invaluable work experience at Clothes Show Live, Birmingham.
From the 2nd -7th December, a number of students studying various fashion courses at the University of Northampton were selected to work at the Clothes Show Live 2011. The opportunity came about after the university was approached by Haymarket Media Group, the organisers of Clothes Show. Students were then asked by tutors to forward on their CVs in order to be considered for the opportunity. The prestigious Clothes Show which takes place every year at the NEC in Birmingham includes fashion shows, stalls and celebrity appearances. This show’s host George Lamb was joined by members of the cast from Hollyoaks, British girl band Parade and fashion stylist and TV presenter Grace Woodward.
 During their time at the Clothes Show, students got to operate in the various areas. Emily Draper, a Fashion Marketing student was working in the VIP lounge where she said was a chill out zone for the celebrities, hair stylists and competition winners. She said, “I had to sit at a desk with a guest list and deal with any inquiries by staff or visitors.” She also added “the experience has made me more confident in my abilities to handle things that I wouldn't expect I could do.” “It’s definitely made me more aware of the places my course could take me.”
Besides working in the VIP lounge other girls were assigned roles as model dressers and paparazzi, where they had to organise and manage queues so that visitors could be photographed with celebrities. More importantly, the people skills and industry knowledge that the students were able to experience will be a huge help to their university course. Louise Smith, a Fashion student commented on her experience saying “it was literally the best week of my life”. “I've also got contacts in the industry now and a really good reference from the wardrobe manager which will be great to put on my CV”. With the success of the event, it is very likely that fashion students from the university will be looking forward to the show with greater anticipation.

By Kanem Hutchinson, BA Journalism

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