A range of Class of ’92-branded luxury sports fashionwear, designed by three University of Salford fashion students following a brief from the Manchester United legends themselves as part of their exclusive partnership with the University, went on show last night (Thursday 5 March) at Hotel Football.
Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Gary and Phil Neville and Nicky Butt, along with more than 300 guests, enjoyed a fashion show featuring the 24-strong collection of menswear, womenswear and childrenswear during Salford City FC’s annual dinner at the new hotel, next to Manchester United’s Old Trafford Stadium.
In December last year nine final year BA (Hons) Fashion Design undergraduates pitched their ranges of Class of ’92-branded sample clothing and sketches to the former Manchester United players in a special coursework assignment.
The Class of ’92 chose work by Shaunnah Timm, Gemma Nolan and Alex Lindsay to be developed into a sports-luxe collection – featuring a neutral colour palette including green, navy and stone and materials such as leather and suede – which was unveiled on stage at the Salford City dinner.
The winners’ designs draw on a variety of influences, including the story of how the Class of ’92 met and became friends, the architecture of Salford and Manchester, and football fan fashion from the 1970s through to the 1990s.
The project is part of the University’s unique partnership with the Class of ’92, giving Salford students studying a wide range of courses the chance to contribute to the success of Salford City FC, Hotel Football and other ventures, and forms a key part of the Class of ’92’s aim to create opportunities for young talent and to build on their roots in the local community.
At the event Nicky Butt said: “Our partnership with the University is about giving young people a chance to show the talent they have and the Fashion students have blown us away with their designs.
“All the students who took part excelled and we’re really grateful to them and the University staff for working so hard on the fashion collection project.
“We knew the students would produce good work when we met and spoke to them but the final fashion range is of a level we never thought we’d get. It’s second to none and the quality is like you’d see from a big worldwide brand.
“We believe in young people and believe that they thrive on trust. It’s fantastic working with students in Salford as the city has a big place in our hearts – it’s where we made our name and learnt our trade.”
Student designer Gemma said: “Getting to know the Class of ’92 and understanding what they wanted from the collection has given me great experience and then developing my ideas and seeing them come to life on stage tonight has been just amazing.
“Working with them has been phenomenal and means so much to me and my family as we’re all massive Manchester United fans. I got the chance to speak to the Class of ‘92 again tonight and they’re absolutely ecstatic about the fashion collection, so that’s fantastic.
“I’ve learnt so much from the whole project and I think it will be great for my future career prospects.”
Explained Bashir Aswat, the University’s Fashion Programme Leader at the School of Arts & Media: “It’s been phenomenally exciting for the students and the department to work with the Class of ’92.
“The project has been a fantastic opportunity for the nine students involved originally, and then Shaunnah, Gemma and Alex, to learn so much throughout the project about working with a professional client, balancing a specific brief with their own creative flair and combining different materials, colours and often very technical construction techniques into a range including jackets, sweatshirts, trousers, coats and t-shirts.
“The Class of ’92 spent a lot of time with our students and the whole process worked really well. I’m incredibly proud of the professionalism of the students and the collection looks absolutely amazing.”