Dresses to impress

Fashion students from the University of Salford have collaborated with an up-and-coming online retailer to create a range of exclusive party dresses.

As part of a live industry project, Manchester-based internet fashion store Little Black Dress gave students from the University’s BA Fashion Design course just five weeks to design and produce the Unique Collection – a range of one-off dresses ideal for the Christmas and New Year party season.

As its name suggests, the website only sells little black dresses (or LBDs) and 17 students had their winning garments – ranging from a striking fringed leather design to a mini dress with Perspex sleeves – photographed at leading Manchester photography studio Photolink before going on sale online.

Nathalie Gibson, Editor at Little Black Dress, commented: “Here at Little Black Dress we feel honoured to work with the award-winning Fashion department at the University of Salford on a real project.

“We were overwhelmed by the professionalism of all the students from start to finish. The design standards were exceptional and we would definitely consider using the students again to design dresses.”

Fashion lecturer at the University’s School of Art & Design, Paul Marsden, added: “Our students were really excited by the opportunity to design for an online retailer and the project was a great success.

“The garments were designed and made to a very high standard with the expectation that some would be selected for sale and featured on the Little Black Dress website.

“Through the many practical projects which form part of their course, our Fashion Design students are familiar with the demands of a 'live' project and the benefits it brings, including exposure within the industry, a body of distinctive and professional work for their portfolios, and the experience of working with and selling to a real fashion company.”

Each LBD in the Unique Collection costs £90 and, for further information on the range or to buy a dress, go to http://www.littleblackdress.co.uk/boutique/product-category/the-unique-collection.

To view the collection, click on one of the images in the gallery below.

Backless Dress with Brass Collar Black pocket collar dress with hood Black Chain Detail Velvet Dress Black Chiffon Hi-low Dress Black Circle Cut-out Shift Dress Black Leather Bustier Maxi-Dress Black-Mini Dress with Perspex Sleeves Circle-Cutouts Dropped Hemline Dress Little Black Dress Leather Squares Shift Dress Longsleeve Black Dress with Open Back Longsleeve Gold Rings Black Dress Pleated Skirt Black Dress with Cape Sheer Backless Maxi-Dress Suedette and Leather Hi-low Dress