16 June 2016

Fashion students at Chesterfield College held their annual fashion show this week in the college’s Heartspace, showcasing a range of outfits they have created inspired by African tribes, sportsmen, rainforests and insects.

This year audiences of the two shows were treated to a visual spectacle of outfits created along the themes of ‘Regency Fashion’ and ‘Abstract Gardens’ as well as a collection inspired by Alexander McQueen.

Students from each level of the fashion and design courses produce garments for the show to demonstrate the range of skills and techniques they get to develop during their time at college.

The models bring the work of the students to life as they demonstrate how garment production techniques, laser cutting skills, digital printing on fabric and many other design and manufacturing techniques come together to make stunning outfits.

Final year student Penny Black’s wonderful collection of daywear inspired by moths features faux fur, leatherette and wool. Penny comes from a creative family of women who have worked in the fashion industry.  Her mother was a fabric designer and her grandmother a lingerie designer which is where she believes her passion for shape and texture in clothes comes from that led her to win a place at DeMontfort University in Leicester on a contour fashion course.

April Spence's collection was perhaps the most economical and vibrant of the show made entirely from reused fabric found in charity shops and roll-ends costing just £30. April was inspired by the colour and textures in the garments of Ethiopian tribes after she did some research on Africa before creating her trousers, top, jacket and neckpiece.

Fashion Tutor Laura Crawley said:

“The fashion show is a brilliant opportunity for our students to show off their skills and experience the thrills and pressures of putting on a show like this.

“The students don’t just think about the clothes the models will wear they have to style them too to come up with hair and make-up that creates a stunning look which works with the clothes they are wearing to get their creations noticed. It also gives them a taste of some of the pressures of working in the fashion industry.”

Chesterfield College is a highly successful and vibrant college based in North Derbyshire with excellent pass rates and high student success levels.