BA (Hons) Fashion Studies students at The Arts University Bournemouth received valuable feedback on their 2nd year projects from leading fashion expert Caryn Franklin through a live Skype tutorial today.

‘Beyond Rebellion’ consists of 13 students who have chosen to celebrate diversity in the Enterprise and Innovation Unit on the course, by embedding the initiative ‘All Walks Beyond the Catwalk’, which was founded by Caryn, Debra Bourne and Erin O’Connor into their course unit. ‘All Walks Beyond the Catwalk’ work with influential catwalk designers and top industry creatives to celebrate more diversity within the fashion industry.

‘Beyond Rebellion’ includes a group of students designing clothes for the more mature audience as a celebration of age; a childrenswear group who want to desexualise children’s clothing; a body image group who have investigated the unrealistic body images portrayed through the Disney Princesses; and one student who wants to celebrate cultural diversity, examining her roots by using influences including traditional Indian dress and henna. Their project requires them to research and design a selection of outfits while keeping an online blog as a reflective journal of their work.

The Skype chat, which lasted for an hour, gave the students the chance to present the early stages of their work to Caryn, who was then able to give productive advice and make suggestions for their projects, which have a deadline of the 16th May. She spoke about the fact that design can become emotionally considerate and made some useful contact suggestions, encouraging the students to think of alternative design solutions through thorough research and not just to look for the obvious.

Caryn, who became an Honorary Fellow of the AUB in 2011, has asked ‘Beyond Rebellion’ to keep her updated with their projects, providing a great source of experience and inspiration for the promising fashion designers of tomorrow.

For more information on Caryn’s initiative ‘All Walks Beyond the Catwalk’ please visit http://allwalks.org/