Fashion celebrating 50 years of iconic designer Valentino graced the catwalk as extended diploma art and design (Fashion and Clothing) students from Blackpool and The Fylde College presented their end of year Fashion Showcase.
Entitled Red, the collection pays homage to one of the greatest fashion designers ever and has been put together by the group of 15 Extended Diploma students. They also put their own spin on the traditional tailored shirt, using Pierrot as their inspiration for the second group collection Lovelorn.
Subsidiary diploma students worked alongside performing arts students to create their theatrical collection, which is based on Alice in Wonderland. Each costume has been assembled entirely from second hand garments, a process known as ‘up-cycling’, as the course features ethical fashion units.
Students also be showcased their final work – a range of fresh, exciting and innovative collections which have been inspired by a diverse range of themes such as Mardi Gras, street style, 1950s housewife and throwaway fashion.
Jules Burton, acting programme leader, said: “We’ve named the show Platform this year. The journey has taken two years of imbibing and digesting fashion, resulting in each student producing their own personal collection. I’m really pleased with the showcase, the students have done really well getting everything completed on time.
“The styling has been well thought through and there are a lot of very creative collections. The high standards and personal achievement show how hard the students have worked and reflects their growing momentum and ambition.”
Student Amy Metcalfe, 19, found her inspiration in a very 21st century way – online.
She said: “I came up with a Mardi Gras theme for my collection by accident when I was researching themes on the internet. I’ve created a collection with a mix of styles including a jumpsuit, leotard, shorts and crop top and a dress.
“I felt nervous building up to the fashion show, but on the day all of your nerves disappear and I had fun.”
Fellow student Goldie Gold, 19, said: “My collection is based on street style but with Jamaican influences and it features crocheted bras, a bomber jacket and tracksuit bottoms with chains at the back.
“I think the fashion show is a good chance to showcase our work and it’s a lot of fun to work on.
“My family have come down from Scotland to see the show and I knew my mum would cry because she does every time she sees my work.”
Amy Burgess, 18, said opted for a retro vintage style: “I worked at London Fashion Week this year helping to dress models for upcoming fashion designers. One of them had a collection based on a 1950s housewife and I really liked the colours so I took that as my inspiration.
“It’s got Indian influences and looks at the repression of women from these backgrounds. I’m going on to study Fashion Promotion at university in September and I’d like to work for a fashion magazine styling photo-shoots one day. The course has been an eye opener for what to expect from the fashion industry and it’s a good stepping stone.”
And Daisy Bunting, 18, said: “I work in River Island so my collection uses simple shapes like on the high street but I’ve used fluorescent colours and interesting patterns. I’ve always wanted to work in fashion as I’m creative but doing this course has helped me to realise I want to do visual merchandising rather than design.
“It’s been so exciting doing the fashion show and it was really good to see all our hard work come together.”