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Fashion students show creative flair to impress expert

14 May 2013

Lyndsey Boardman

Students demonstrate styling skills to award-winning production company head

Fashion students from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) have shown off their styling skills to the head of an award-winning production company.

Tamsin Glasson, executive producer from London based production company Colonel Blimp, visited UCLan to set the second year Fashion with Styling students a live brief – to present their own design ideas for music videos that were originally directed and produced by Colonel Blimp.

The students were asked to create mood boards, photographic images that were art directed and styled by themselves, a written proposal and a styled model which they presented to Tamsin on the day.

The executive producer commented: “The students demonstrated an extraordinary passion and willingness to learn about the industry and certainly prepared themselves for the presentation day. What was impressive about the group presentations was the students’ ability to work as a team which I think is an invaluable lesson for them to have learnt.

“It’s a great opportunity to work with an experienced producer and working to a live brief gives us valuable practical experience.”

“So much of the positive and creatively effective work in the industry is a result of team work and forming the best creative teams to head up the various departments; whether they are art direction, wardrobe and styling, camera, hair and make-up or editing.

“Each presentation felt unique and thoughtful and many of the students went to a great deal of effort in self-presentation, which as a stylist I think is a fantastic way to advertise understanding and strength to a director and producer.”

Fashion student 21-year-old Emily Long worked on a design brief for the song I’m gonna be sick by The Do. She and her team suggested a surreal take on the band’s video and were pleased with the results.

“A key component of UCLan’s fashion courses is the industry links the staff have. We are able to equip our students with the relevant skills they need to work in a very competitive industry”

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Emily said: “We’ve worked hard on several photo shoots and created an animation inspired by Monty Python to make the brief exactly how we want it. It’s a great opportunity to work with an experienced producer and working to a live brief gives us valuable practical experience.”

The event is one of several organised by fashion lecturer Clare Buckley who regularly invites fashion industry experts to the University to work with students on practical projects.

She said: “A key component of UCLan’s fashion courses is the industry links the staff have. We are able to equip our students with the relevant skills they need to work in a very competitive industry through live briefs, internships and visits from people who are working in the industries our students aspire to join.”