Reproduced from Cheshire Life magazine (May 1983, price 70 pence), this article was brought to the attention of Manchester Modernist Society by Marie Slater, Technical Team Leader for Anthropometrics, CAD & Textiles at the Toastrack, whose ‘squaw dress’ from the Hollings Fashion Show of that year is featured within.
“I was a student at Manchester Polytechnic on the Clothing Design Technology course from 1980-83. I think at that time it was one of the only courses that took you at 16. To get on the course you had to have at least five O-levels. After completing the Ordinary National Diploma you had to decide whether your Higher National Diploma was in Design or Production, and this came with a six week Industrial Experience Placement.
I have had this copy of Cheshire Life since 1983; it features our yearly fashion show, held where the library used to be. This was a great fun event where students modelled the garments, and Industry were invited to attend to view the students work.
Mothercare set a Childrenswear Competition in my final year, and I won first prize! This set me on a 20-year path of designing childrenswear mainly for Mothercare and Marks and Spencer, travelling the world whilst doing so.
I returned in 2005 to Manchester Metropolitan University on the same Hollings corridor. I am now part of the CDT Technical Team, also working with people that I worked with in Industry.”
Other notably intriguing articles from this edition of Cheshire Life include The Astronomer Royal Talking, and Micro-electronics and Your Child.