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FRONT make up and hair design competition - one of the models
FRONT make up and hair design challenge
This annual competition, aimed at giving students a break from assignments and letting them experiment, explores a theme every year. In 2019, that theme was 'dark materials'
Alexandra Terris
Alexandra Terris - collection for Graduate Fashion Week
"Create something you love, and something that reflects your personality. And don’t be afraid to make mistakes, that’s how you learn. Constantly try new things and don’t worry if they go wrong, because they can evolve into something amazing!" - Alexandra Terris
Emily magazine
BA (Hons) Fashion Photography student, Emily Packham spotted a gap in the market for a fashion magazine aimed at young teenage girls. This spurred her on to create magazine, 'Emily' for her final major project.
Solent Graduate Fashion Show looks
Solent Graduate Fashion Show 2019
There are 13 students from BA (Hons) Fashion displaying their final collections; three of these collections have also been selected by Graduate Fashion Week to showcase their looks on the catwalk.
Terry Barber
Terry Barber - M∙A∙C Cosmetics Director of Makeup Artistry
Terry Barber M∙A∙C Cosmetics Director of Makeup Artistry, visited Solent to give a talk on the changing landscape of the beauty industry. Students were also given the opportunity to chat to Terry one-on-one at an afternoon tea.
Roshani's 'Rebel' Army' collection
Roshani's 'Rebel' Army' collection
BA (Hons) Fashion graduate, Roshani Limbu’s ‘Rebel Army’ fashion collection has already been featured in VOGUE Italia and appeared in the in Graduate Fashion Week Talent of Tomorrow, Digital Influencers Campaign, in the lead up to the catwalk shows in 2018.
Front under the sea competition
FRONT make up and hair design challenge
FRONT 2018 gave entrants between two and four hours to showcase either fashion and editorial beauty or a prosthetics and character look on their model, based on the theme 'under the sea'.
Fashion students in Paris
Fashion students head to Paris
Buying and merchandising students attended Première Vision, the world’s largest fabric fair, in Paris as part of their studies. They met exhibitors from over 57 countries and attended talks and presentations on a range of buying and merchandising topics.
Students sewing
Fashion facilities
Students have free access to our industry-standard facilities including specialist machine rooms, digital and sublimation printers and a range of laser cutters. Students also have access to modern design suites equipped with the latest creative software.
fashion photography studio
Fashion photography
Students will learn a diverse range of skills with access to professional photography facilities and a make-up studio. They are also able to hone their IT, editorial layout and design skills in our Mac suites using industry standard software like InDesign, Final Cut Pro and Photoshop.


Jo Joyce working on a shoot

Jo Joyce

BA (Hons) Fashion Styling and Creative Direction


Graduate Jo Joyce

Tell us about your recent work placements.

In my most recent role at Wonderland Magazine, I was constantly rushed off my feet. There were a lot of returns that had to be done from the photoshoots, which meant I would be travelling around London for the majority of the day meeting different PR companies and brands such as Fendi and Gucci.

When I wasn’t doing returns, I would either be on a shoot assisting the styling or the most fun task would be when I could sit in the office, looking at the most recent runway shows and sourcing looks for upcoming shoots - it was like free shopping with high-end designer brands!

How did you secure the work experience placement?

I used Instagram to look at different magazines' pages, as well as different editors/stylists' accounts. I'd then research the magazine/individual using Google or LinkedIn to get their contact details and send over my CV and appropriate cover letter. 

All my cover letters would be similar, but would be adjusted to each magazine/stylist. It’s so important for these to be strong and to make you stand out. Make sure to use an email subject line that makes you stand out too!

With Wonderland magazine they replied to my email asking when I would be available to come in for an interview and then straight after my interview they had me starting! 

How have your studies at Solent helped prepare you for this opportunity?

My studies at Solent have prepared me for this opportunity by helping me with organisation and time management for the real working world, something that I’ve never found that easy. The 1:1 tutor sessions give you great guidance and support when you need it and you can feel comfortable talking to them. They’re always willing to help, they’re understanding and will always believe in you. It’s really nice having people that genuinely care about you and your success.

What advice would you give to others?

I think it’s so important to just be yourself at an interview - it’s easy to notice if you’re not being genuine and you should dress how YOU feel most comfortable (I wore trainers to my interview) because at the end of the day, you’re going to be working in a fashion environment and run off your feet all day, so stay comfy but stylish!

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