The Value of your Values. Freedom, expression and being who you want to be.

TICE Fashion truly went 'behind the seams' this year delving deep into what matters in fashion from beliefs to muses to processes and policies. It was time for our fashion students to express what meant a lot to them and that they did... Take a look.

2020 has given us all some surprises, a world turned upside down forcing us to work in different ways and to adapt to many new rules and restrictions. Here at TICE, everything changed. What was mainly a face-to-face organisation working with young people giving them a hands-on insight into creative, design and digital sectors suddenly had to change – TICE went online. In all honesty, we did not know if many young people who were participating currently in TICE programme would want to carry on or whether we should carry on in such difficult times. But we did and guess what… so did many students and this is what happened.

In previous years, our Create Stage gives students (from Year 9 or Year 10) a selection of industry projects to choose from. Something different, unique and special to add to their portfolios. This year was no different, yet instead of physical hands-on support, our TICE students took it upon themselves to do their projects online. Step-by-step video guides took them through industry-focused themes, topic and skills. Not only did they manage them, but their results have also blown us away. Here presents what the TICE Fashion students achieved:

Fashion projects 2020

This year’s fashion students come from John Spence Community High School, Bedlington Academy and Sacred Heart Catholic High School. The students could choose from two projects:

  • Project One – Bella Freud: Fashion Photography & Editorial Brief
  • Project Two – Surfers Against Sewage: Fashion Illustration Brief

Project One – Bella Freud: Fashion Photography & Editorial Brief.
THE VALUE OF YOUR VALUES || MUSES & MOVEMENTS

Supported by: Bella Freud
Mentored by: Jennifer Barrett
Project Contributors: Joseph O’Donnell, Marketing & Communications Co-ordinator – Bella Freud, Emma Cassidy – Fashion Communication Graduate, Northumbria University, Jenny Shevlin – Senior Invention Planner, Reach PLC & Christopher Hodge – Senior Lecturer, BA (Hons) Fashion Communication, Northumbria University.

The Chapters of the Bella Freud project

Project Outline: Fashion activism is the practice of using fashion as a means of awareness or social change and fashion labels have increasingly begun taking political stances and using their status to instil social change or send positive messages. This includes climate change themed catwalk shows, water concerned sustainability pledges, anti-racism empowered casual wear and even fashion footprint calculators.

And it is true, fashion activism starts every day when you open your wardrobe, it is about freedom, expression and being who you want to be…if anything, that is what you stand for, who may inspire you and how you can actively pay tribute to muses and movements.

The Brief: With the fashion industry venturing into activism at unprecedented levels, it is your turn to show what you stand for. Inspired by the Happening section of the Bella Freud website you will be supported in creating a photoshoot and blog article to showcase what you value most. Centred around just one word.

Project results: please view the final results of the students’ work from:

  • Jackson Asiamah from John Spence Community High School – Clean
  • Sam Anderson from John Spence Community High School – Unique
  • Rhys Somerville from John Spence Community High School – Special
  • Emily Pattison from Bedlington Academy – Dire
  • Mia Corby from Sacred Heart Catholic High School – Perform
  • Lucy Henderson from Sacred Heart Catholic High School – Fame

Project Two – Surfers Against Sewage: Fashion Illustration Brief
GOING BEHIND THE SEAMS || TRANSPARENCY IN DESIGN

Supported by: Surfers Against Sewage
Mentored by: Jennifer Barrett
Project Contributors: Andrew Riley – Surfers Against Sewage, Naomi Austin – Senior Lecturer in Fashion Design and Promotion at The University of Sunderland, Helen Turner – Rosie & Radish & TICE Illustration Mentor & Megan Robertson – Fashion Design & Promotion Graduate at The University of Sunderland.

The Chapters of the Surfers Against Sewage project

Project Outline: Fashion is a vibrant industry that employs hundreds of millions, generates significant revenues, and touches almost everyone, everywhere. Since the 20th century, clothing has increasingly been considered as disposable, with garments often designed in one country, manufactured in another, and sold worldwide at an ever-increasing pace. This being the emergence of the ‘fast fashion’ phenomenon.

The time has come to transition to a textile system that delivers better economic, societal, and environmental outcomes based on the principles of a circular economy – to design out negative impacts by truly transforming the way clothes are designed, sold, and used.

The Brief: This project is about showcasing beautiful design but in a thought-provoking and meaningful way. You will design a 6 outfit athleisurewear collection based on an environmental cause of your choice. Once you have chosen your cause, understood the fight, you will design a print which will feature on many of your garments, this print will celebrate the achievements of your chosen cause and will also inspire its future.

Your collection will be made entirely from waste and designed to be sent back when it’s worn out and remade again. It will be natural, renewable and recyclable and designed never to enter landfill. You will explore circular textile processes and select what is appropriate for your collection.

Project results: please view the final results from Charlotte Nicholson, Nathan Ray & Waheda Begum from John Spence Community High School.

Charlotte Nicholson
Nathan Ray

Waheda Begum


Thank you & Well done!

All we have left to say is “Thank you & Well done”, not only to the students but to the teachers at John Spence Community High School, Bedlington Academy, Sacred Heart Catholic School, North Tyneside Learning Trust, to the parents who helped along the way, the companies that have supported and contributed to these briefs and the TICE mentor that plugged away at the project week after week.

And to the students, our final words of 2020 – we hope you have enjoyed these projects, we hope in years to come that when asked “What did you do when COVID-19 hit your shores?”, you can proudly present an industry written project you did, achieved, quite frankly smashed. Well done and congratulations from everyone here at TICE. It’s been an absolute pleasure!

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