TWO fashion students from Northumbria University, Newcastle are visiting Jakarta to observe the manufacture of fabrics and crafts in collaboration with students from the BINUS International University, Indonesia, under the auspices of the BNSD partnership. The third year students Hollie Newton, Kate Skelton will be accompanied by lecturer, Christopher Hodge, and are visiting Jakarta to work on a collaborative fashion design project which they plan will result in a garment and fabric collection inspired by traditional craftspeople from the West Nusa Tenggara region.
BNSD students will create a womenswear collection, while Hollie and Kate will focus on menswear. The final collections will be showcased during Jakarta Fashion Week in November.
The BNSD partnership, launched in 2014, has created opportunities for students in Indonesia to study UK university degrees in response to a growing demand in the country for professionals in the creative industries. The joint venture also offers the UK-based Northumbria students the opportunity to add an international dimension to their CV by working with BNSD students.
Christopher Hodge said, “Hollie and Kate were selected during a competitive process which saw Northumbria fashion students pitching designs to win one of two places to travel to Indonesia. They were chosen for the sensitivity and skills shown in their submissions, along with their in-depth research and fabric development which demonstrated real enthusiasm for the subject.
“The trip will allow them to observe fabrics being woven first hand, and work with local artisans to create new techniques blending their contemporary skills with age-old crafts.
“Attending Jakarta Fashion Week will also provide them with international exposure and invaluable experience to help them prepare for Graduate Fashion Week in London, where they will showcase their final year collections in 2016.”
Minaldi Loeis, Dean, Faculty of Creative Media and Technologies, BINUS University, said: “We are excited to have Northumbria students flying in for the research project and hopeful for their future fashion collections. I am sure the experience in exotic eastern Indonesia will be beneficial to both Northumbria and BINUS students alike.”
Alumni from Northumbria University include Sir Jonathan Ive (Senior Vice-President, Apple), Rob Law MBE (founder, Trunki), and Nicola Morgan (designer, Lanvin, Paris).
by Caroline Simpson