At the end of April, leading trend forecaster WGSN selected student work from the Textiles course at the Arts University to feature on their homepage, highlighting some of the best projects the Arts University Textiles students are undertaking.

WGSN is the leading online fashion trend-analysis and research service, providing creative and business intelligence for the apparel, style, design and retail industries. During a visit to New York in February, Course Leader Anne-Marie Howat and Course Technician Kelly Gilbert presented the work to the WGSN Homebuildlife Editor to show the talented designs of our Textiles students and make good industry contacts as WGSN is promoting a new venture around interiors and lifestyle.

As a result of the presentation, WGSN chose to feature student’s ‘Works in Progress’, under the headings ‘three-dimensional’; ‘cutouts and layering’; and ‘whimsical prints’. They also highlighted a few students whose design work they admired, “WGSN loves second-year student Chiharu Ezaki’s applique technique, with stitches in bright bursts of colourful thread used to add detail to bold shapes.”

Textiles Course Leader Anne-Marie Howat commented “It is a great achievement for the students to have their work featured on the homepage of this leading industry online service, which is accessed by thousands of people in the fashion interiors industry all over the world. By featuring on WGSN, our students work is being seen by leading fashion individuals, which may lead to important contacts being forged in the future.”

Anne-Marie and Kelly also visited the Style Council in New York during February and presented their students? fashion fabrics, as a result, the Style Council has now set a Live industry brief for Textiles students to undertake in the Autumn term.