The Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design has joined the line-up of organisations set to give careers advice at the Clothes Show Live at NEC Birmingham from December 5-9.
As part of the Clothes Show Live’s education programme, the college will join representatives from Arcadia and youth employment charity Elevation Networks in offering students advice on various routes into the fashion and beauty industry. It will host seminars on fashion journalism careers including art directing, styling, writing and editing.
There will also be a series of panel discussions hosted by Clothes Show Live founder and former i-D magazine editor Caryn Franklin. New for 2014 will be the ‘Let’s Talk: Fashion & Body Confidence’ and ‘Fashion Skills Matchmaker’ sessions. Drapers’ editorial director Eric Musgrave will take part in four of the talks from 11am on Friday December 5.
Loughborough, Derby, Coventry and De Montfort Universities and the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham will exhibit students’ work in a dedicated area throughout the five days.
As in previous years, awards will be given out to young talent in the creative industries. This year will see the launch of the ‘Undiscovered Awards’, which will include Fashion Blogger of the Year, in association with ShopStyle, and the Made in Britain Award - for which designers were asked to refashion the traditional Christmas jumper - in association with brand British Christmas Jumpers. The winner of the Made in Britain Award has already been revealed as De Montfort University student Amy Jordan. The design is available to buy now for £35 on Britishchristmasjumpers.com.
Other highlights for 2014 include a new designer outlet, featuring brands such as leather label Muubaa, womenswear brand Bora Aksu and shearling and accessories label Gushlow & Cole.
The Clothes Show Live attracts 120,000 consumers and more than 45,000 education groups. More than 500 brand and retailers exhibit at the show, including Oasis and women’s young fashion brands Glamorous and Oh My Love.