FASHION designers of the future exhibited their creations at the Sussex Coast College graduate fashion show.
Students from the college’s National Diploma and Foundation Degree fashion courses presented their year’s work in the atrium at Station Plaza, in front of a large audience of friends, family, fellow students and prospective employers on Wednesday.
Starting with themed group presentations, including an homage to the little black dress and a creative exhibit of recycled knitted garments, the show culminated in the individual students’ work.
Exploring themes ranging from Ascot to creatures of the night, the students’ collections exhibited the impressive skills and craftsmanship learned at the college.
“All the work exhibited has been produced by the students,” said Wendy Peddlesden, subject leader in fashion at Sussex Coast College.
“This includes the actual design, pattern cutting, faceting, any prints and all embellishments, such as embroidery or beadwork and, of course, the production.”
Students completing the foundation degree impressed with larger collections of six to seven items, with Kanchan Gurung providing a stunning collection inspired by Chinese opera chic, Nicole Poynter showcasing pretty, bright floral prints and Coral Murphy showing a quirky, beautifully embellished, doll-like collection.
Kate Reeve showed a selection of skin-hued, flowing dresses and Naima Rashid’s evening wear collection explored the theme of nature through flowing silk gowns with pretty headpieces. Nicole Saxby presented evening wear inspired by the science of insects, teamed with silver, hand-beaded fascinators.
Opera music blared across the atrium to the crowd’s delight as the show closed with a dramatic ballgown from Sadie Hodgson’s French and Greek-inspired creations, exhibiting a long, impressive train, hand-finished in tulle and feathers.
A brilliant exhibit of local talent, the show celebrated the students’ work at the college before those graduating move on to pastures new.
Students at the college’s foundation courses undertake work experience as part of their studies and most graduates finishing their course have already accepted full-time positions – some in the workrooms of London couturiers, others with independent designers or other fashion related work, including London Fashion Week.