The eccentricity of famous Brits, the evolution of discarded garments and childhood memories all inspired the latest fashion collections from Diploma students at Blackpool and The Fylde College.
For the students, it not only marked the culmination of two years of hard work, but their final showcase before many of them move on to university courses or careers in the fashion industry.
In a first for the college, two students from the course have been accepted into the elite London College of Fashion to study Pattern Cutting from September.
Amelia Hall, 20 and Karl Hugo, 25, will study at one of the UK’s top fashion colleges after attending interviews and showcasing their college portfolios to selectors.
Amelia’s final collection, ‘Home Front Boudoir’, used the Second World War as inspiration, but added a luxurious twist.
She said: “Take wartime utilitarian work clothing, suitable for any self-respecting land girl or working woman on the home front in Britain, and combine with classic nightwear. You reach a conclusion that details the ‘one size fits all’ campaign promoted by the government throughout the Second World War. Drawstrings, elastic and belt tie waists feature with the functionality of labour attire and luxurious fabrics associated with lingerie.”
Karl’s ‘Insylum’ offering is described as cool, clinical and contemporary and is inspired by the lunatic asylums of the 1930s.
He said: “Insylum is a fusion of geometric shapes, awkward lengths and oversized silhouettes. This modern collection is encapsulated by a mist of jaded tones of institutionalised green. Informed by the clothing of both inmates and staff alike, print has been used to good effect to reveal the hidden commentary covered up for so long.”
The group collection GBE, Great British Eccentrics, celebrated the uniqueness of stars past and present including: John Lennon, Noel Fielding, Pixie Geldof and Helena Bonham Carter and featured bang on trend black and rose gold. The evolution of the garment was key in second collection Darwinian Drapery where students were challenged to ‘upcycle’ old, unwanted garments and breathe new life into them.
Students showcased their work in a professional standard catwalk show at the college’s theatre in front of friends, family, invited guests from industry and local schoolchildren with an interest in studying fashion.
Jules Burton, programme leader for fashion and clothing, said: “Our Extended Diploma Fashion and Clothing students have spent two years immersing themselves in the world of fashion, resulting in each producing their own personal collection. We’ve seen a good range of ideas and themes in the individual collections this year and the garments were really well constructed.
“The show went well, it was slick and well put together. The quality of work has been very high this year, evidenced by not just one, but two students gaining coveted places at the London College of Fashion.
“I wish each of the students success in the future.”