BA (Hons) Fashion and Beauty Media
Become a fashion and beauty industry storyteller using words, pictures, film, virtual and digital graphics to create the innovative and sustainable editorial and promotional campaigns of the future.
During her final year of studies, BA (Hons) Fashion Media alumna Olivia Tuffrey realised her passion for the slow fashion sphere. For her final major project she decided to create a magazine that pulled together this passion, her interest in magazines and the reselling site Depop, to create Mad about Doin’ magazine.
Since graduating in 2020, Olivia has gone from strength to strength, gaining a place on a program with Depop and continuing to build her magazine brand – now on its third issue. We caught up with her to find out more:
During my studies at Solent I did a unit based around publication and magazine curation and I absolutely loved it. For my final major project I then decided to create my own publication focusing on three of my passions: slow fashion, magazines and Depop - exploring the humans of the sustainable, eco-conscious fashion world.
I had lots of contact with Depop staff members and Simon (Depop's founder) throughout the process of creating Issue 01 and 02 of my magazine, and sent them copies of it. This got my name around the team, and in November last year I was scouted to be part of their new series Now/Next. The program is designed to help small businesses and brands develop. I and four other creatives were selected from around the world - it feels amazing to have been chosen when there are so many creatives and independent businesses out there.
Over the next six months I will be taking part in various webinars and Zoom meetings, learning about sustainability, finance and so many other important factors that need to be taken into account when running a business or, in my case, a magazine. It is so helpful and I am so honoured to be able to be a part of this and speak to some incredible, very wise people.
Keep creating and keep collaborating! I love working with like-minded people so hopefully expanding the community and networking even more while giving small, sustainable brands a platform to speak on. I currently have lots of exciting things pending too - a couple of well known publications are running a feature and including me which feels insane. Long term, I’d love to be a recognised publication, doing what I love and being able to live off it and pay my bills.
Solent helped me learn how to use the software and what it takes to produce a publication. Without the technical lessons, curating three publications would have been a lot harder! Studying in Southampton also allowed me to meet and work with creatives and be surrounded by like-minded people.