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Monday 10 April 2017

Sustainability of fashion

The Spark recently played host to VISION – Back to the Future, a dazzling fashion show and insightful conference.

The event was organised by BA (Hons) Fashion Management with Marketing students Roxanne Pinfold, Kamila Duangova, Sophie Money and Rosie Walsh, and hosted by DJ Stephanie Nieuwenhuys.

Technology, sustainability, gender and trends were the topics of the day, discussed with an impressive list of inspirational specialists speaking, including:

  • Saher Sidhom - CEO of Hackmasters
  • Rachel Arthur - award winning business journalist
  • Dan Vo - V&A
  • Nida Gonul - footwear designer
  • Geraldine Wharry - fashion trend forecaster
  • Natasha Parker - Global Action Plan
  • Scott McGlynn - author and presenter
  • Samantha Kingston - Virtual Umbrella
  • Andi Maratos - trustee of The Queer Alternatives
  • David Wright – Solent University

Other designers featured include Kraken Studio, Allen TLN, Lonslut, Gender Free World, Rhea Barry, Sarah Moore and Steven Passaro. The event was supported by NUVU water, Eat Real, Lavera, Bluebird tea, Snact, Disorder and Loorganic.

“This was the best fashion management with marketing event to date,” says Israr Jan–Parker, course leader.

“The students came across many challenges and managed the situation with great maturity and professionalism. I am very proud of the way the students organised such a big event. They remained within the budget, secured excellent sponsorship and produced marketing platforms that communicated the event effectively - resulting in a sell-out!

“I am also delighted the project enabled other course students to get involved - including make-up and hair design, fashion styling, buying and merchandising, and The Live Events Society. We are thankful for their contribution; they all did a fantastic job."

Mark Jones, Head of Fashion Management, says: “There was a great buzz and energy about the event and a level of professionalism.”