Textile design students showcase at major international trade show

20 March 2020

Earlier this year, a group of the University’s BA (Hons) Textile Design students showcased their work at Première Vision Paris, the international trade fair for fashion textiles.

Image: Leeds Arts University stand, Première Vision Paris 2020 

The fair showcases worldwide textile manufacturers, studios and universities, and is the main annual event for the global textile for fashion market.

Première Vision Designs is the section of the fair that hosts design studios and a selection of university textile courses. Our level 5 and 6 BA (Hons) Textile Design students were given the opportunity to exhibit and sell their designs from the Leeds Arts University stand. Level 5 students visited the show as part of their international study trip, presenting a unique opportunity to engage with the market as young professionals and make valuable contacts that help secure work placements and employment opportunities worldwide.

Images: Left - BA (Hons) Textile Design Course Leader, Tami Stewart, on the Leeds Arts University stand at Première Vision Paris 2020. Right - Première Vision Designs 2020, promotional apple 

An important aspect of studying at Leeds Arts University is access to industry through live briefs, talks and advice from visiting professionals and trips.

BA (Hons) Textile Design Course Leader, Tami Stewart, said: “Première Vision is one of the year’s most exciting professional events and we are incredibly fortunate that our students are invited to participate. Students developed their creative collections with considered research of the market and trends. Once at the fair they gained invaluable first hand exposure to current trends, increased awareness of the fashion industry, and made contacts and important links for the future.”

Image: BA (Hons) Textile Design students Heather Chandler, Alice Parker and Molly Smith at the British Ambassador's Residency, Paris (2020)

The trip coincided with an invitation from the UK Fashion & Textile Association to a reception at the British Ambassador’s Residency in Paris. Course Leader, Tami Stewart; Fashion & Textile Programme Director, Duncan Harrison; and three year 5 students – Heather Chandler, Alice Parker and Molly Smith (pictured above) – represented the University at the event, staged to celebrate the rich heritage and innovative future of the UK textile industry.