UWE students create Havery Nichols Christmas windows

Issue date: 18 December 2009

Harvey Nichols Christmas window

UWE students from the School of Creative Arts have helped to create the stunning Christmas window display at Harvey Nichols in Bristol.

Second and third year students from UWE's Graphic Design, Fashion Textile Design and Design: Process, Material, Context courses worked with Harvey Nichols Display Manager, Daisy Lambourn, to produce a festive display that combines a concept based on the art deco fashion illustrations of French designer Erté and high fashion.

Vanessa Reynolds, a UWE Graphic Design graduate who now works for the Bristol branch of Harvey Nichols and was involved with the project, explains the 'Christmas Fantasy' theme: "The windows consist of a tableux of different Christmas themes such as gifts in the ribbon window and more fantastical themes such as the butterfly and feather windows. It is meant to represent a traditional Christmas with a twist in contrast to last year's display which was very modern."

The students helped to install the display at the end of October over a period of five days, dressing mannequins, selecting stock for product groupings and working with props that have been specially created in the Harvey Nichols' props warehouse in London.

Daisy Lambourne, Display Manager of the Bristol store, was delighted with the results and with the student's hard work and enthusiasm. She even received a note from Pauline Tsang, the Assistant Window Manager at Harvey Nichols' head office thanking the students for their efforts.

Daisy said "Pauline was really impressed with how hard the students worked. They all put in really long hours to get the window finished; late nights and early mornings, fitting in around their university attendance and coursework, so myself and my team thoroughly appreciate all their help.

We are extremely proud of the Christmas windows and interiors this year and we would not have been able to complete them on time if it had not been for the students' contribution."

Adrienne Noonan, Senior Lecturer in Employability and Industry Liaison at the School of Creative Arts, who arranged the opportunity said "Harvey Nichols stores are well known for their beautifully crafted and creative window displays, especially over the festive period, and this experience has given students a valuable opportunity to build their professional skills and showcase their work to the public."

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