Dramatic designs collide on the catwalk at the Junction

On Thursday 15th June, Fashion students at Selby College made their mark on the Junction in Goole to showcase their creative talents for the venue’s first ever Fashion Show.

The show this year featured the work of students across both years of the UAL Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma Art & Design Fashion Pathway course, with additional collections by two returning former students and recent graduates, Lois Taylor and Aaron W D Carter. There were also two catwalk shows by sponsor Lynda Hatton from Forevermore, featuring an elegant range of Prom & Evening Wear and Bridal Wear.

Governors, staff, former and prospective students, friends, family and special invited guests, including the Chair of Selby District Council, Councillor Judith Chilvers, the Deputy Mayor of Goole Town Council, Councillor Richard Walker and Mayor of Snaith & Cowick Town Council, Councillor David Butterfield, were treated to a particularly eye-catching and dramatic display this year covering themes such as Feminism v Femininity, Distortion, Greek and Roman Mythology, Animal Welfare, and an Exploration of the Body.

The Fashion Show also involves students on the Photography, Media and Music courses in the Art, Design & Media department, which for a second year running was narrated by DJ Loewen aka final year Music student Charlie Loewen, who played a live DJ set throughout the fashion showcase!

Alongside the second year students’ collections and Final Major Projects, the college’s talented first year students, who have worked hard learning new skills and overcome a number of challenges, revealed an exciting body of work on the catwalk.

The Year 1 Fashion students opened the show with their collection Shape, Form and Structure and their personal interpretations of these three words. Further showcases included Shift, a collection which saw the students design and make a shift dress, featuring a variety of colours and print techniques. This was followed by a mix of individual garments and concepts for Construct, Deconstruct, Reconstruct, before they ended the first half of the show with their collection Statuesque, which demonstrated the direct draping technique of Moulage, a timed project the students were challenged to produce for the college’s Skills Tournament.

Fashion lecturer Kiku McNaughton announced Kayleigh Smith as winner of Forevermore’s sponsored award for Year 1 Creativity In Fashion, and former Sherburn High School student Marie-Anne Gilley as Year 2 Best Fashion Collection for her interpretation of modern architecture, inspired by skyscrapers and contemporary design lines. Mary Goldthorpe’s sponsored award for Excellence in Fashion went to Chlöe Nicolé Scott for her collection entitled Unethical Human Experimentation which dealt with themes such as human cruelty and madness. Governor Judy Kent also awarded her new prize for Innovation In Fashion to the former Selby High School student for pushing boundaries with her dramatic designs.

Speaking of her collection, Chlöe said: “Pretty dresses were never my aim, especially as I progressed through Year 2. From the very start I chose difficult topics to explore: eating disorders being the first. For the collection, I progressed onto murderers, having recently discovered a convicted murderer in distant family history!”

Marie-Anne will be heading to Northumbria University in September to study for a BA (Hons) in Fashion Design with Marketing and Chlöe to Huddersfield University for a BA (Hons) in Fashion Design with Textiles. Good luck to both for their future studies!

Collections from second year Fashion students also included former Snaith School student Flavia Curiale’s opulent and glamorous womenswear inspired by animals and exotic birds of nature. The collections continued with another former Snaith student, India Reddall’s Finale, inspired by movement and dance, creating garments that represent and capture the feeling you get when performing, incorporating classic shapes and silhouettes found in the studio. We also saw former Selby High School student Lauren Chappell’s interesting exploration of concealment and the human body. The show ended with a theatrical nod as the Year 2 students showed their Final Major Project collections on the catwalk.

Inspiring the current and prospective students, former Selby College student and recent University of South Wales graduate in BA (Hons) Fashion Design, Aaron W D Carter, returned to showcase his womenswear collection, Hart, which was inspired “by the ongoing battle between humankind and the natural world, taking cues from natural rock formations with an overlay of the unique extreme femininity of the Dior ‘new look’ silhouette”.

The audience were also given an insight into the work and progression of another former student, Lois Taylor, who has just graduated with a BA (Hons) in Fashion Design with Marketing at the University of Huddersfield. Her final collection featured soft, billowing shapes and cool muted tones, which Lois describes as “taking a route through the dreamscape spectrum. From the twisted dark side of fantasy to an idyllic dream land, inspiring an icy colour palette, oversized silhouettes and stepped raw-edge detailing”.

Reflecting on another successful year, Fashion lecturer Kiku McNaughton added: “I wish you all the best in your future endeavours in all the different routes you have chosen. Life offers many opportunities and it’s now up to you to grab them where they arise! Good luck to each of you.”

For information about studying Fashion, Art & Design, Media or Music at top-performing Selby College please visit selby.ac.uk, email info@selby.ac.uk or call Student Services on 01757 211040.

Published: Monday 17 Jul 2017