Expert’s advice on how to stay in fashion

Tony Green showing off some of his work to the students.
Tony Green showing off some of his work to the students.

A FASHION designer who has worked in Paris and London has shared his experiences with Priestley College’s art students.

Tony Green, who studied at St Martin’s in London, spoke to more than 70 art and design students before giving them advice on their project work.

In his talk Tony explained how college was a good place to develop a style and said universities were looking for individuality in potential students.

“It’s good to develop your own personality because universities are going to look for someone who has their own identity,” he said.

For the past two and half years Tony has been working in Paris with Sonia Rykiel, who entered the fashion world after designing soft sweaters in the 1960s and making the front cover of Elle magazine.

Her team spotted Tony’s work while in London and liked his ‘loose and unfinished’ style. He worked on their main line and enjoyed the fun nature of their methods.

Tony has now returned to England and has worked with designer Felicity Brown as well as on his own projects.

During his talk he advised Priestley students to include lots of drawings in their portfolios to help them secure a university place.

“Universities like to see lots of illustrations and it is also worth thinking about different ways to present them within your portfolio,” he said.

Priestley College offers a number of different art and design courses including textiles and graphic design. For more details see the website www.priestley.ac.uk

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