New College students extended an invitation to the public to attend their annual Fashion Show at the end of the summer term which saw 41 students modelling work inspired by artists such as Alison Willoughby, Claire Coles, Gaudi and John Galliano.
A highlight of the academic year, the fashion show, which this year was called ‘New Couture’, dazzled members of the public with a rainbow of colours on show and an outstanding level of work. The show gave members of the public the opportunity to view inspirational pieces by talented young designers and featured themes as varied as floral, decorative effects, confectionery and window displays.
Students worked hard to design, model and choreograph the show and produced unique pieces such as a dress made from used crisp packets, a dress that looked like a giant cake and a line of ‘domestic’ pieces using materials such as latex gloves.
One of the young designers featured in the fashion show was 18 year old Lyndsay Hodges, who has been accepted onto a Fashion Design degree at Rochester University. Lyndsay commented: “It’s taken lots of hard work and preparation but the fashion shows are great fun and create a fantastic atmosphere.”
Kate Gale, one of the lecturers co-ordinating the event, commented: “The students work very hard to produce some excellent pieces of work; the diversity of the pieces is amazing.
“Our A Level Textiles students go onto a wide range of prestigious careers so this show really is an opportunity for members of the public to view the early work of the Stella McCartneys and Julien MacDonalds of the future. One of our ex-students, Leigh Montague, is now designing menswear pieces for Marks and Spencer and another, Louise Charles, has just got a highly coveted position working with the acclaimed contemporary textile artist, Alice Kettle. A lot of the students taking part in this year’s fashion show have a very bright future ahead of them.”