Nottingham Trent University Lecturer and Designer Juliana Sissons led a fashion design workshop for university students and staff in India


Nottingham Trent University Lecturer inspires students in India

Nottingham Trent University Lecturer inspires students in India

Nottingham Trent University (NTU) lecturer and knitwear designer, Juliana Sissons, led a stimulating workshop in India as part of the Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) programme.

Creating partnerships with globally renowned experts

The workshop was organised by Panjab University in India and was well attended by research scholars, faculty members, and students from Chandigarh, Hyderabad and Rajasthan.

The GIAN programme aims to access the talent pool of globally renowned experts, scientists and entrepreneurs, to encourage their engagement with higher education institutes in India, to enhance the country’s existing academic resources and promote international partnerships.

Since its launch, eight faculty development programmes have already been established, including fashion and textile design, a globally recognised creative field.

Exploring different aspects of fashion design

During the workshop, Juliana talked about different design techniques such as draping versus flat pattern cutting, sustainable practices to generate zero waste, and more. Students also found out about surgical cutting, using their newfound skill to make their own surfaces and garment pieces.

Nottingham Trent University lecturer India workshop

"The course went very well indeed, with students, staff and external professionals giving some excellent feedback. They learned a lot, covering topics on conceptual pattern cutting, shape making, fashion design research, sustainability in fashion design, fashion design as a political tool for communication, designing a collection and costing design work for small businesses," said Juliana.

Sharing impressive knowledge and expertise

Juliana has worked with the likes of Lee Alexander McQueen, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Scarlett Cannon, Judy Blame, and more. She captivated her audience with her impressive knowledge and expertise.

Dr. Prabhdip Brar from Panjab University’s Institute of Fashion Technology and Vocational Development shared Juliana’s views on aesthetics and creativity, and artistically propelled the workshop forward exploring different colour mediums.

“Students were introduced to a different way of learning, which included practical workshops followed by discussion and debate. Everyone welcomed me with open arms and they were very keen to learn about how we deliver workshops at Nottingham Trent University. I have also learned and feel enriched from my experience," adds Juliana.

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