Fashion graduate helps 'reclaim pink'

Issue date: 17 September 2014


An image created by Nia Samuel-Johnson, a UWE Bristol Fashion graduate, has been included as the lead image in a recent article in the influential Life and Style section of the Guardian.

The article, Think Pink: How The Colour is Being Reclaimed, focuses on the ways in which writers and artists are fighting to redefine the colour as subversive and grown up, and includes Nia's image as an example. The photograph, formed part of Nia's Degree Show entitled 'PINKD', which explored, 'Pink art in today's society'.

Sam Thomson, Director of Civic and Cultural Engagement at UWE Bristol, says, “I think that it is fantastic to see such clear recognition of UWE Fashion students' work fully engaged in, and leading debates in visual culture and fashion communication. To be recognised as redefining aspects of, and understandings of, fashion as a new graduate is exceptional and can be seen as a great demonstration of the currency, relevance and quality of UWE Bristol's Fashion programme, and the excellent and exciting work being conducted within the Cultural Industries Faculty as a whole.”

Deb Southerland, Programme Leader BA Hons Fashion, says, “Nia opted for the Fashion Communication pathway on the BA Hons Fashion course and was an exceptional student. Her approach to photography was both intelligent and playful and she developed an exciting portfolio of projects whilst at the University. She was an incredibly ambitious student who used her unique visual language to generate thought provoking often critical responses to the Fashion industry.

“The Fashion Communication pathway is one of the three areas that students on the BA Fashion programme specialise in, alongside Fashion Design and Textiles for Fashion. Each year students excel in their chosen pathway and go straight on to work in the fashion industry; this is reflected in this year's employment figures, which indicate that a fantastic 76% of our graduates are in professional and/or managerial roles within just six months of graduation.

Whilst at University Nia was also chosen to paint the UWE Bristol sponsored Gromit for the incredibly successful, Aardman led, Gromit Unleashed trail, and also acted as Creative Director for the Fashion student's Degree Show video.

Back to top