Archives Appeal – Visit from Helen Dunn

As part of our appeal for former staff and students of DMU and predecessors to share their memories with us, we’ve recently hosted former lecturer in knitwear Helen Dunn. Helen studied at Leicester Polytechnic and returned a few years later to take up a teaching post.

It was wonderful to have Helen look through some materials from the archive with us. She remembered so many of her students and was able to explain the set-up of the courses, how they changed over time and what was required of the students, particularly on the BA Hons Fashion Design (Knitwear). It was especially interesting to hear about connections with industry and how many students had the opportunity to design for big-name fashion retail companies.

If you have any memories or archive materials you would like to share please get in touch!

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Hip Hop: Art, Music and Fashion

Yo what’s up? Check out the hip hop displays by MC Ann of the Kimberlin crew. Hip hop is not just music, it’s a way of life, straight up. The bling, the threads, the beats. Breakdancing, street art, urban style. Hip hop became popular in the 80s and early 90s but its roots go back a long way. The music grew out of genres such as reggae, jazz and gospel, fusing with New York’s black youth culture. Unique fashion styles and graffiti art combined with rap and turntables to create the hip hop phenomenon. Have a look at these books and posters, which channel the freshness, power and creativity of hip hop. The displays are in the cabinets between the first and second floors of the Library.

We’re in the mix, keepin’ it real.


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