Study Trip to New York Highlights

Last week WSA Fashion and Textiles staff took a group to students to New York for a study trip of studio visits, fabric and trimming shopping and museums. And an unexpected snow storm! Here are some highlights…

Marc Jacobs tour

Head of Womenswear at Marc Jacobs shows students round the New York studio seeing the process from research to designing and making to show room. Students were lucky enough to see the current collection in progress for the upcoming runway show at New York fashion week.

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Fabric and trimming shopping in the Garment District. Such amazing array of colours and unusual fabrics.

Fabric Ribbons

Picasso Sculptures at the MoMa.


African Kente fabric at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum.


Frank Stella at the impressive new Whitney Museum building.

Frank Stella

The Empire State Building post-blizzard.





Alumni Success for Printed Textile graduate Jennifer Varty

Jennifer Varty graduated from WSA in Printed Textile Design in 2014. After studying with us she went on to a year long internship in New York with Collection 18 after being interviewed at New Designers. Collection 18 is fashion accessory company specializing in scarves for designer brands and private label collections.

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Creative Director, Rachel Rowberry, was so impressed with Jennifer she has now been given a permanent role as Print Designer at the company.  She is now the primary
designer on the Saks and JCPenney accounts, for which she does the trend
research, design concepts and colouring, and work alongside members of the
sales team and buyers. She is currently preparing for Fall 2016 on the Collection 18 line, compiling trend and colour research for the new season, which she will have to present to the entire design team at our Fall Kick-Off meeting, before designing the collection.

Congratulations Jennifer!

Paid Knitwear Design Internship – Derek Lam, New York

Derek Lam is a leading New York fashion designer known for his modern approach of blending minimal designs with feminine sensuality.

The label’s acclaimed runway collections are defined by Lam’s distinctive take on luxury, anchored in the tradition of classic American sportswear.

Main duties

Specing garments, full size layouts, organization, fabric and yarn sourcing, stitch development, sample tracking and coloration of flat sketches on Photoshop.

Skills & Experience

Watch the process of knitwear being made from beginning to end including but not limited to: specing garments, tech packs, stitch development, factory communication, artwork creation, department organization, yarn and fabric sourcing, design research and more.

Who would benefit?

Someone that is interested in seeing how a professional knitwear department in a fast paced NY design office works, and being able to see the development of a garment from beginning to end.

Location of internship
New York

30-40 hours per week

Internship Length
3 months

Closing date
May 01, 2015

For more details and to apply go here

Lucy Harris selected as a winner for Surtex 2015

Third year Printed Textiles student, Lucy Harris has been selected as one of the four winners of the SURTEX® International Student Design Competition: designext®.

The prize includes a stand at Surtex, May 2015 in New York. Lucy’s entry for the ‘New Urban Grunge’ theme presented a collection of womenswear fashion fabrics inspired by the 90’s youth culture of New York, centred around the Larry Clark film ‘Kids’.

This is the third year in a row a Printed Textiles student from Winchester School of Art has won a place in the competition with Tori McLean winning the overall prize in 2014.

Congratulations Lucy!  

WSA Graduate Success for Jennifer Varty

Recent printed textiles graduate, Jennifer Varty, sets off for New York next week to start her year long internship at Collection 18 where she will be designing prints for womenswear accessories across a range of designer brands.

Jennifer was interviewed for the post at New Designers by creative director, Rachel Rowberry, an ex-Winchester School of Art graduate herself. Her final collection, inspired by mountaineering, and comprised of finely illustrated and textural prints and a sophisticated colour palette drew the attention of many visitors at both the WSA degree show and New Designers.

Jennifer Varty FMP Collection

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#Congratulations Jennifer


WSA level three Printed Textile student Tori McLean finalist at Surtex

Third year printed textile student Tori McLean has been selected as one of four international candidates for Surtex’s DesignNext textiles award 2014.  As part of her prize she has been invited to attend Surtex’s global business to business marketplace in New York where she has been given a display booth to showcase her work and the opportunity to have her portfolio professionally critiqued.