The most luxurious high-end fashion featured alongside the delightfully camp frog prince, opera, beautiful brides, and on-trend men’s and women’s wear make-up, on the catwalk at the first ever graduate fashion showcase from Blackpool and The Fylde College students.
The group of 16 talented BA (Hons) Fashion and Costume for Performance students presented their stunning final collections in the newly refurbished grand foyer in the famous Winter Gardens in front of friends, family and invited guests from local industry.
Student Alysia Schuetzle, 21, said: “As a group we were all hugely excited about the show, not least about the fact it took place in Blackpool, where we have all lived and studied for the last three years. For us, this show represented years of hard work and the culmination of our education at Blackpool and the Fylde College.
“It was an amazing opportunity to showcase our work at a beautiful location, which is at the centre of this town’s cultural arts scene. I feel this is especially important in allowing us, the first graduating year of this course, to establish a strong benchmark and aesthetic for the years that will follow.”
The Winter Gardens Trust supported the project and, in association with Blackpool Council, provided the opportunity for students to showcase their final collections in the beautiful surroundings.
Coun David Owen, chairman of the Winter Gardens Trust said: “The opportunity to get students from all over the UK to work in and with the building was too good to miss. What makes the collaboration more exciting is students showcasing costume and fashion in a building that was built for entertainment.
“It’s brilliant to think Blackpool is turning out the next generation of designers.”
Angy Young, programme leader for the degree, said: “The degree is unique in the approach it takes, positioned at the interface of high fashion and costume for performance. Its main focus is on creative interpretation, supported by high level manufacturing expertise. From catwalk couture to music video performance and across a wide range of genre, creative fashion can cross boundaries and communicate to audiences.
“We saw a broad range of collections on the catwalk – showcasing the versatility and creative vision of our graduates. I’d like to congratulate the students and team of supporting staff from the School of Creative Arts and The Winter Gardens who worked together to produce an exciting and spectacular event.”
Students’ work will also be on display to the public at the School of Creative Arts degree show at Upper Campfield Market in Manchester June 11 and 12 and in Blackpool at the University Centre, Bennett Avenue June 16 to 19, while fashion students will also be participating in the New Designers Exhibition in London, the country’s leading graduate showcase, at the start of July.