FASHIONISTAS will be flooding to Sussex Coast College Hastings this week for a student fashion show featuring work by the Paul Smiths and Stella McCartneys of the future.
Students from the college are working round the clock; cutting, pinning and stitching their garments in preparation for the show.
Last year’s show was hailed a success by organisers, ramping up the pressure on the college’s current runway hopefuls.
And, as with last year’s event, the students have approached their designs with a variety of influences - including some from far-flung places.
Roland Borzelleca, head of the national diploma course, said: “While collections span a whole range of themes, some have an eastern edge. The east is a strong force in the world today,” he told the Observer, “and has always been very influential in design
“Some aspects of the collections have been inspired by the innovation and technical skills of eastern designers.
“Eastern tailoring is all about clean, dramatic lines and much of the work reflects this influence.”
And Wendy Peddlesden, head of fashion at the college, said the whole campus was getting excited. She said: “In our studios, the month leading up to the final show mimics the reality of the fashion industry: the studios are buzzing with energy, models are coming in for fittings and our learners are working flat out to put on the best show possible.”
There will be two shows on Wednesday (June 15) at 6.30pm and 8.30pm, with tickets priced £5 available in advance by calling 01424 458505.
Organisers are predicting it might sell out in advance and there are also a limited number of VIP tickets available, which include a five-course dinner at the college’s Coast Restaurant.