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Breaking down barriers to fashion

Sophie Neff MA

Sophie Neff MA, Fashioning Identity – Inclusive Knits

Nottingham Trent University’s fashion knitwear students are designing stylish clothes for people with diverse needs.

The School of Art & Design at NTU is renowned for its fashion knitwear design expertise. Accredited by Creative Skillset the undergraduate course has more than 30 years’ experience and an international reputation for excellence.

For their final year collection, fashion knitwear students are challenged to design to a brief of their choice, inspired by wide-ranging personal interests, experiences and influences. Recent collections featured well-being, social diversity and technical challenge as motivators for contemporary knitwear design.

Lisa Shawgi MA Fashioning a heart beat

Lisa Shawgi MA Fashioning a heart beat

The 2016 collections included Lisa Shawgi’s “Fashioning a Heart Beat” which uses knit techniques, yarn selection and garment structure to create added warmth to protect the body’s core.  This can be useful for Reynaud’s sufferers, for example, as it encourages increased blood flow.


Kendall Baker BA

Sophie Neff created an accessible, functional knitwear line “Fashioning Identity – Inclusive Knits”.  This collection, recognising the lack of fashion clothing tailored to wheelchair users, focused on contemporary design and identity for people with a variety of needs.

Kendall Baker was the winner of the 2016 Matalan Visionary Knitwear Award at Graduate Fashion Week, with a menswear collection based on modernising crochet and pushing boundaries. This was the ninth year a NTU student has won the prize, so coveted because of the opportunities it opens for students in the industry.

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