During the Fashion for cancer event last Sunday I managed to interview the DMU designers, whose work featured on the catwalk.

The first designer I interviewed was 3rd year fashion design student, Nathan Bishop who designs menswear.

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What inspired you to get involved with the event today?

I’ve always been a big fan of charity work and I’ve got my own reasons as well. I’ve had a relative who passed away with cancer last year, and that’s what spur me on. I think Katie’s passion for the event really hit hard for me, lifting me of the floor a bit, inspiring me to get involved.

What’s your biggest insportation for your designs which feature on the catwalk today?

Wow. They are all from different projects. There isn’t a running concept, when I start a design for a body of work I’m doing, its gradual process. But there’s a little bit of dandyism, a bit of street, all in all a mix of sportswear and tailoring.  

Out of all the projects that you have been set to do, which have you found the most enjoyable?

Erm, I’m quite a technical designer, a bit of a perfectionist for my sins. There is a baby blue jacket featuring today with birds bursting out from flowers on the shoulder, which I did in my second year.

Who is your biggest inspiration, designer wise?

Wow I’m probably going to say the obvious, not necessary because of his work but for his background; Alexandra McQueen.  Work wise ive always been a big fan of Chris Kane, anything really, kenzo has some good stuff going on, and I’m a massive Tom ford fan. If there is one man that can put another man in a suit it’s definitely Tom ford.

Definetely. How would you describe your own personal style and hwo does it influence your work?

Good question. I’ve briefly touched on before the whole sportswear/tailoring thing. I have always been into men dressing sharp, which is important today. The influence  came from when I was a kid  I was always into James Bond, and my Granddad always use to wear a shirt and tie, with a cardigan; spending so much time with him as a kid that tailoring worn by him and James bond, trickles into my work.

What advice would you give to 1st and 2nd year fashion design students?

I remember when I was in first year, girls and guys (not so many guys), didn’t come back after Christmas, which was a shame as I didn’t blossom as a designer or find myself until late second year. I think the course is definitely something you need to give a chance and run with it. It is a lot on your plate at the beginning but run with it.

So Nathan where do you see yourself in five years’ time?

I think everyone would like to say on billboards in a pent house, but that’s not how life cracks out. Erm where do I see myself in five years’ time? I would like to be on a reasonable wage doing something I love. Career wise I’d like to end up in design or styling, and past that hopefully have my own label.

Is that your biggest dream then to have your own label?

Absolutely!  That would be hitting the lights for me.

That’s great thank you Nathan. I’ll look forward to seeing your designs on the catwalk. View the interview in full below:

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