Work that a Nottingham Trent University textile graduate completed for top fashion designer Richard Nicoll has opened doors for her to collaborate with the designer again. Cyan Jordan, 23, was scouted by the fashion house at the trade show New Designers which showcases the work of graduating and graduate design students. She was asked to help develop printwork alongside an established designer for Richard Nicoll's Spring / Summer 2015 collection.
Cyan, who graduated from the BA (Hons) Textile Design course at Nottingham Trent University this summer, used historical prints the studio had bought in from an archive to develop print patterns in collaboration with the designer. The finished work was used in several of the dreamy, ethereal garments in the Richard Nicoll collection which was showcased during London Fashion Week in September.
Cyan said: "Seeing the collection I'd worked towards on the catwalk was amazing! I actually went to help with the show, to dress the models, so I got to see all the clothes up close and personal. It felt really surreal to know that I had helped put the prints together and that people would be admiring them on the catwalk. It still feels unreal to say that now actually! I kept telling anyone who would listen that I had done the prints because I was, and still am, so proud."
And the design team at Richard Nicoll were so impressed with Cyan's work, they have said they would be looking to work with her again to collaborate on future printwork.
"Richard Nicoll have actually asked me to freelance for them again with the upcoming collection so I can't wait for that," said Cyan.
Cyan is also freelancing for a Nottingham-based swatch studio and is currently applying for print design jobs.
"The long-term dream is potentially starting my own brand, or to co-found a brand with a fellow designer one day," she said. "I keep being told that I have a great brand name to work with!"
Tina Downes, course leader for BA (Hons) Textile Design, said: "We are all extremely proud of Cyan. She has just graduated as a print designer so to see her hard work go down Richard Nicoll's Spring / Summer 2015 catwalk collection was very exciting news and a great achievement for a designer straight out of university."
Image and design visualization work by Cyan Jordan.