June is known as fashion month in the eyes of fashion students all over the country. It all begins in our fashion capital of London where the work of over a thousand of the very best students and graduates is showcased. Slowly but surely throughout the rest of the month, catwalk shows and exhibitions of degree level work take place.
From 13th – 23rd of June, Harrogate College had their end of year shows, presenting work from the photography, interior design, fine art and fashion departments.
In conjunction with these end of year exhibitions, the college held an opening night fashion show with second and third year students putting their models on the runway. And, if it wasn’t nerve-wracking enough, showing your final pieces to your family, friends and tutors, imagine the nerves when the mayor and deputy mayor of both Harrogate and Knaresborough attended!
All the pieces featured on the catwalk were presented with the rest of the aforementioned courses and student portfolios for members of the public to see throughout fashion month.
Each of the students who worked so hard to create such individual and stylistically creative pieces of work should be so proud of what they have produced.
The work showed remarkable talent and individual stylistic choices. Brightly coloured floral padded bombers and trousers shared centre stage with more sustainably sourced fabrics dyed with flowers and plants, (from student Beth Redshaw’s own garden) and a collection dedicated to a late family member.
In my opinion, the three students that stood out the most were:
Long summer walks inspired student, Berenice Gilmour and her collection of clashing colours and textures. She made her collection modern and wearable by using traditional techniques, and created pieces for autumn/winter. The Yorkshire Young Achiever 2016 and 2016 Bridal Buyers Award winner has even created a couture store online www.berenicegilmour.co.uk giving you the chance to add one of her capsule collection pieces to your own wardrobe.
Holly Greenwood, another third year student who created her own brand ‘Flowee’, a men’s collection specialising in print. This colourful collection includes brightly coloured jackets and trousers mixed with knitted items, styled with traditional Japanese geta sandals. Flowee is described as ready-to-wear men’s fashion with statement pieces to brighten any outfit.
The final stand-out student was Nicole Judge; a women’s wear and print designer who created a collection on the colour palette of emotions. Items with pink and green base colours were used to complement the emotions of unconditional love and harmony. The items in this final collection included digitally printed designs of a chosen model expressing different emotions. The colours used in these items aim to reflect and represent the different emotions. Check out more images from the fashion show below.
All the students on the fashion course at Harrogate College are deserving of praise and congratulations on their designs and collections, and we wish them all the best for their future.
By Sophie Cain