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News: Not­ting­ham Col­lege Fash­ion Stu­dents on The Cat­walk for The First Time Since 2019.

Students explored themes and issues important to them and reflected this in their show and collections, for example the impact of fast fashion.
Students explored themes and issues important to them and reflected this in their show and collections, for example the impact of fast fashion.

On the 21st of June, our Fash­ion stu­dents revealed their impres­sive and intri­cate designs with mod­els and music dur­ing our End of Year cat­walk show at the his­toric St Mary’s Gate Church.
The cat­walk took place for the first time since 2019 and we were excit­ed to wel­come audi­ences back to cel­e­brate the hard work of our stu­dents in person. 

Lev­el 3 Fash­ion stu­dent, Pop­py Pink, who was recent­ly award­ed a High­ly Com­mend­ed’ acco­lade at the 2022 Not­ting­ham Young Cre­ative Awards, showed us her gar­ments that she made as part of a sus­tain­abil­i­ty project. She said, I have com­plete­ly recy­cled and upcy­cled from every­thing we have used this year.

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I made my den­im jeans and did some embroi­dery on the back. And I cro­cheted my whole top, wove into it with the den­im from the jeans and then repur­posed an old shirt with sleeves and sewed on some den­im scraps from mak­ing these jeans. 

 — Pop­py Pink — Fash­ion Student

The var­i­ous fash­ion influ­ences with­in the show could be clear­ly found in the sheer range of cloth­ing styles, colours and mate­ri­als fea­tured. Their inspi­ra­tions ranged from the fun-filled rav­ing 60s, with one stu­dent incor­po­rat­ing hair spray into the show, to impor­tant and com­plex social issues such as fast fash­ion, patri­ar­chal soci­ety and cul­tur­al identity. 

Erad­i­cat­ing fast fash­ion was a recur­ring theme. The show opened with a polit­i­cal demon­stra­tion with a dozen stu­dents hold­ing plac­ards against fast fash­ion as well as oth­er sig­nif­i­cant soci­etal issues, whilst anoth­er stu­dent made a state­ment in the show to raise aware­ness of ocean pol­lu­tion by cre­at­ing ocean-like gar­ments with mate­r­i­al lit­ter care­ful­ly sewn into it. 

The cat­walk encap­su­lat­ed a wealth of dif­fer­ent thoughts, ideas, and sub­cul­tures, with stu­dents find­ing unique ways to cre­ate and por­tray their feel­ings in their designs, illus­trat­ing the vast diver­si­ty with­in the College. 

Sofia Shafiq, who has just com­plet­ed her FdA Fash­ion Foun­da­tion Degree with us, said her designs were inspired to encour­age the lib­er­a­tion of fash­ion for peo­ple who have pre­vi­ous­ly strug­gled to express them­selves and their cul­tur­al iden­ti­ties. When dis­cussing her aims for her col­lec­tion, she said, To cre­ate a con­tem­po­rary mix of fash­ion for peo­ple from all back­grounds and eth­nic­i­ties to wear,”.

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This col­lec­tion should remind us that we can be who­ev­er we want and to accept one anoth­er for who we are. 

 — Sofia Shafiq (cen­tre), Lev­el 5 Fash­ion Student.

End of Year Creative Shows 2022:

For the first time since 2019 our in-per­­son shows are back for and open to the pub­lic 2022

Cel­e­brat­ing the work of our cre­ative stu­dents from across our Art, Design, Fash­ion, Media, Hair, Beau­ty and Pho­tog­ra­phy cours­es, our End of Year Shows are a fan­tas­tic show­case allow­ing vis­i­tors to explore the work of our tal­ent­ed stu­dents and meet our cre­ative tal­ent of the future. 

If you’re inspired by the fan­tas­tic work from our fash­ion stu­dents, then why not join us in Sep­tem­ber? There are still places left on a range of cours­es and apply­ing online is easy. 

Click here to find out more and apply online.

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  • 28th June 2022 (1:14 PM)
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