Nadine McCune models a garment she has made.
NOT many fashion students can say that they
have trained in Paris and London, but local Fashion Management
student Nadine McCune is hoping to use her experiences at the
top of the fashion world to create a successful design business
when she graduates later this year.
22-year-old from Lisburn is currently completing her degree at
the Belfast Metropolitan College, where as well as having the
opportunity to travel to Paris and London, she has had some of
her unique clothing designs displayed in the college's annual
Nadine said: "One of the most enjoyable
experiences of the course was the year-long placement with one
of the United Kingdom's leading menswear suppliers, Douglas and
Grahame in Belfast's Donegall Road.
"I found one of the most beneficial aspects
of the placement was having to design a selection of children's
wear accessories for their Hip brand Tripwire."
After graduation Nadine hopes to start up her
own business working from home, designing and making handbags
and accessories for the Northern Ireland market.
She added: "In the modern world of fashion
management, there is a real emphasis on the big name design
houses. However, in Northern Ireland there is a real opportunity
to develop the small business, home-based market.
"That's the area I want to specialise in by setting up my own
company. My course has taught me how to research the home market
and I hope in the future this sector of the Northern Ireland
fashion business really takes off."