image courtesy of Nottingham Trent University
So on Thursday 11 March, I went down to Nottingham Contemporary to see a snippet of The White Project. Held by first year Fashion Design students from Nottingham Trent University, the collection they presented was completely white while having an open brief. Emma Prince, their Senior Lecturer said:
"We try to get our first year students to think about the shape, form and image of their designs, which is far easier when working in white. As they become more advanced they are introduced to colour. We have given students a completely open brief so there will be a really wide range of work on show."
There were obviously good and bad designs thrown in there, but to be honest, the thing that caught my attention was the apparant lack of brief to the models. And while I'm aware they're all amateurs, it struck me how important this factor is. Is modelling essentially performing? Could this be classed as performing arts?