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Oliver Moores

Oliver was always a hardworking and committed student during his time at Northumbria and made sure that he used his time to learn as much as he could from the fashion staff and technicians.  Staff member Christopher Hodge recalls Oliver declaring “Look at that sewing room, I’ve never seen so much machinery, we only have two machines at college” during his first tour of the facilities.


I come from Huddersfield and a family of tailors. When discussing my career path with my granddad it just felt natural for me to follow in his footsteps. My Granddad passed down his shears for me to cut my final collection with.

What are you doing now?

I am currently Work for Neil Barrett In London. I work in a small team designing Neil’s Diffusion line called BLACKBARRETT. We have stores throughout Asia.

How did studying at Northumbria help give your career an edge?

I had a heavy Sports influence after working for Element skateboards out in the south of France. This was an opportunity given to me through Northumbria University. It gave my Tailored designs an edge and gave me a good understanding of what creates the desirability factor in design.

What was the best thing about your course?

The tutors where great. They where there when you needed a push in the right direction but at the same time they gave you freedom for you to be your own designer. Also on the course there is a placement year, which I have found invaluable when going into the workplace as it has kept me a step in front of some other graduates.

Who inspired you the most and why?

Coincidently Neil Barrett is one of my biggest inspirations so to be working for him straight out of university is really humbling. He influenced a lot of my design throughout my studying because of his Bold graphic but still masculine aesthetic. Alongside that I would have to say my family and friends as I am really lucky to have such a supportive and loving group of relatives and close friends who have always inspired me to be the best I can at what I do.

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now/throughout your career?

My most valuable skill I have gained from university is time management and how to priorities. When you are a creative person you need to sometimes be realistic with you limitations in the time period given and really enjoy the times you can be truly creative. 

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria university?

My most enjoyable/stressful time at University was my final year and creating my final collection.  It continuously makes you question yourself as you want everything to be right and the best it can be. At the end of the day you just need to do what you do best and enjoy your time creating it as you will miss it when its all over.

What advice would you give somebody who is thinking of studying at northumbria?

Enjoy your time at Northumbria university. You will meet tutors and friends there that you will know for years to come so work hard and enjoy the time you spend with them. Just remember you will only get out of university as much as you are willing to put in to it.

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in 3 words?




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