Colour for our future

Paul Santokhi, Chairman and Secretary of the Northern Ireland Region of the SDC reports on a recent event

The  Northern Ireland Region of the SDC continue to work hard in the provision of important industry connections for the students of Belfast Metropolitan, University of Ulster and NCAD in Dublin. As established college members of the SDC, the annual SDC International Design Competition provides students with a platform of exposure to leading international and local fashion brands and students have constantly achieved high success rates of winners and internships.

In March this year Belfast Met were able to gain further advantage from their SDC college membership as over 40 students in their second and final year of the popular fashion design, marketing and management courses were able attend a series of specialist colour lectures, specifically created to support the student’s current work in progress projects. Grainne McGowan, Fashion Management Course Co-ordinator and Clifford Cathcart, Associate Lecturer were delighted that Fashion Colour Management specialist Janet Best, a long standing member and supporter of the SDC, was able to present three lectures on their chosen themes “Colour of Quality”, “Fashion and the garment dye supply chain” and “The use and influence of lighting and colour in retail stores and the theatre”.

Students gained insight into the historical developments as well as existing and emerging trends and technologies in industry and enjoyed being able to experience for themselves some of the science phenomena explained leading to interesting questions, discussions of what turned out to be a very dynamic day.  Alex Perry, past Chairman of the SDC Northern Ireland said that “it is always a pleasure to visit Belfast Metropolitan and meet the lecturers and students as they are always so enthusiastic and passionate about their work, which is consistently to the very highest standards of creativity and technical proficiency.  It is only through professional organisations like the SDC with its membership reach to international specialists that the students can meet and learn from the current industry professionals adding real value for gaining internships and work placements.”

Janet Best commented “It is always a pleasure to meet and talk with the students of Belfast Met and this year more so with the SDC Northern Ireland region committee members being present, Paul Santokhi, Alex Perry, Adrian McIlmoye, Bobby Bunting, Andy Crangle, and Liam Greens. The students had with them the very people from different aspects of industry who together were the path finders and first users of commercial fashion colour management developing the quality processes and rules the industry relies upon today.”

Details of forthcoming SDC events are available on the website.  Information about SDC’s International Design Competition, which is open to fashion and textile design students in Australia, Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand and the United Kingdom, is available here.

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