OPULENT midnight blue, iconic architectural structures, Japanese fashion and 70s-stylings were all present on the catwalk at the annual fashion show of Blackpool and The Fylde College.
The stunning collections, designed, put together and modelled by fashion students at the college, were on display as part of a showcase of their work.
The first year students had group collections – The Beach, inspired by the natural coastline at night, the stars and the moon and 70s revival – which introduced students to ethical and socially responsible fashion issues, with inspiration from 70s fashion icons, such as Mark Bolan and Vivienne Westwood.
The second year students created the Shirt Collection, inspired by iconic architecture from around the world, and the Radical Ribbon Collection, inspired by the radical and innovative eastern philosophy towards garment design.
The final major collection allows students to pursue and realise their own creative potential through individual endeavour and discovery. Fresh, innovative collections drew their inspiration from Black Swan, North American tribal cultures, prison uniforms and musical instruments.
Lucy George, 18, whose collection was in the show, said: “I took my inspiration from musical string instruments. My idea was it would be quite high street and some of the pieces would be things people could actually wear.
“It was great to take part in the fashion show and nice to see other people’s creations.”
Fellow student Yasmine Nyahoe, 19, who lives in Blackpool, said: “My inspiration came from the film Black Swan, I am interested in doing costume design for the movies and performances.
“I used black, greys, purples, it was quite dark and I tried to show the contrast between the good swan and the black swan.
“Most of my girls wore leotards and I wore a leather bodice, and two of the girls wore tutus and two of the girls wore velvet leotards.
“Taking part in the fashion show was brilliant, although backstage it was a bit stressful, making sure everything was ready and all came together.”
Tutor Ellie Jakeman said: “The fashion show is always a popular event and a sell-out. It’s a great opportunity for students to showcase the work they have been doing and show how they’ve progressed. And it’s a chance for potential students to find out about the course and the work done.”