School Pupils Prove They Are Dedicated Followers Of Fashion

Fri, 2001-02-02 00:00

Four local school pupils have been praised for their hard work and dedication following the success of a fashion show they organised as part of their course.

The group who are Year 10 pupils from Dene Community School of Technology and St. Bede’s Catholic Comprehensive School in Peterlee, are studying on a Creative and Media Diploma at East Durham College.

Tashii Miller and Courtney Barnston from Dene, and Kate Lackenby and Katie Jackson from St. Bede’s, all aged 15, attend the College five hours a week as part of their two year diploma course.

The fashion show, held at the College’s Lubetkin Theatre on Tuesday 14th June, was created as part of the youngsters’ course which requires them to organise something involving performance.

After being given a brief from their course lecturers and presenting their fashion show idea, the students were solely responsible for producing their own catwalk show, from initial paper designs to transforming ideas into outfits.

As none of the students involved are performers themselves they came up with the idea of creating and running a fashion show, recruiting some of the music and performance students from the College.

They even scouted for models, choosing other students from around the College to walk the catwalk and model their designs.

Each student chose their own theme to work towards, which were The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Burlesque meets Alice in Wonderland, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Anastacia.

Courtney explained: “I chose the theme A Midsummer Night’s Dream as I felt it was imaginative and I knew I could run away with the idea. The process as a whole was hard but loads of fun.”

Katie, who based her fashion collection around Anastacia, added: “I chose my theme as there was a lot of background to the story for me to base my work around and things I felt I could relate to. The show was nerve-wracking, especially before we went on stage but once I got on there it was fine.

“I’m really enjoying doing the course at the College as well, its fun and good to experience a College culture.”

Amanda Gregory, Performing Arts Lecturer at the College, said: “I was really proud of all four students. They did exceptionally well, especially considering none of them have experience within fashion.

“They started with the initial concept back in November so it has been a long seven month progress to get to the finished show, which demonstrates the huge amount of hard work they have put into it.”

This was the first time this kind of event had been organised within the College, however it proved a great success with all participants and the audience enjoying the experience and other students requesting to do something similar in the near future.