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Fashion show has the wow factor
Never throw away your old clothes – they will be back in fashion one day.
The truth of this maxim was demonstrated at a college catwalk show.
Art and design students from City College Brighton and Hove took part in the fashion-design project using unwanted charity shop garments.
Students from the art foundation and extended diploma courses deconstructed the garments and then transformed them into stunning fashion-wear.
The students modelled their own garments, choreographed the show and did their own make-up.
With only eight days to design and make their outfits the students came up with a diverse range of themed collections such as City Chic, Evening Elegance, Retro Summer and Ethnic Empire.
The project culminated in ‘Rags to Riches’ – a free fashion show extravaganza at the college’s main hall in Pelham Street, Brighton.
The event was staged to raise funds for the Martlets Hospice. Principal Lynn Thackway said: “All I can say is wow.
"In all my years of working in education I’ve never seen a student show of such high quality.
"Watching the show gave me a lump in my throat and really made me feel proud to be part of this col- lege."
Amber Otway, an art foundation student at the college, said: “We all worked really hard on this project so it was great to be able to show all the other students at the college what we’ve been doing on our course.
“We don’t often get the chance to share that with everyone.
“The most rewarding thing was seeing all our finished pieces and how well they complemented each other in the different themed collections.”
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