University of Westminster Visit Fashion Enter
On Friday 14th October, Fashion Enter and the Fashion Technology Academy welcomed a group of first year BA(Hons) Fashion Buying and Management students from University of Westminster to allow them to gain hands on insight into the numerous stages that go into the manufacturing and production of a garment for leading brands.
Conducting a factory tour, Jenny Holloway explained to the group how each stage is completed and the industrial machines used to ensure a precise finish. Production manager Caroline also joined the students in the factory to inform them of the checks that are completed on each garment before it is packaged.
In the Fashion Studio, Kasia spoke to the students about the smaller companies that the studio product garments for, before they moved onto the pattern room to see how the pattern pieces are created for each specific garments. Arriving just in time to see the Vetigraph CAD machinery used, the students watched in fascination. Our pattern cutters were also on hand to show the students how they produce specific patterns by hand.
Ending the tour in the Fashion Technology Academy the students were able to see the work being done by our Level 1 and 2 Stitching Academy students and had the chance to speak to tutor Melissa, who was on hand to show them our students work.
Upon completing their afternoon with us, the students agreed that they had learnt a lot and feedback included;
“I have learnt more about manufacturing, how garments are constructed and the cost price. Jenny was very informative and enthusiastic and as a result excited us.” – Charlotte
“Today I learnt more about the operations that go on within a factory, ethical problems and things that go on in other factories internationally. It has been a really helpful day and it was good to see how the factory runs.” – Georgia
“I have gained insight into the running of a factory and learnt information that cannot be comprehended through other sources such as the internet.” – Saba
“Today has taught me a lot of tips about manufacturing to consider as a buyer. It was great to see a factory and products being manufactured in real life.” – Maisi
“Today has been eye opening and given me a chance to learn about manufacturing and the real world. It was a really helpful day and such a lovely atmosphere.” – Alexandra