Fashion Show Success

Once again the creative skills of students from Thurrock & Basildon College have been shown at a spectacular Fashion Show held at the Civic Centre, Blackshots, Grays on Thursday 18th June.

The fashion show displayed collections designed and made by the students who are completing a range of courses in fashion and textiles, the majority of whom are aged from 16 – 19 and are completing Level 3 courses which will be the prelude for University education in Fashion.

For the first time, a group of older students who are busy completing the new University of East Anglia Foundation Degree in Textiles with Fashion at Thurrock & Basildon College, added to the Show with an outstanding collection of sophisticated Haute Couture garments and hat designs. Amongst those students was Heather Lucy, a mature student from Thundersley, Benfleet, who produced a series of garments for disabled people.

Heather stated: “this has been a wonderful year, I have learnt so much and developed my skills fantastically and I am looking forward to continuing the momentum and progression of my work.”

Tutor, Lesley Ford, endorsed the success of this new course and commented on the unique opportunities the students have been able to participate in; this year the students undertook the production of twelve fantasy costumes together with the design and manufacture of 220 pairs of childrens’ pyjamas for the Royal Opera House production of “On the Rim of the World” which premiered in Covent Garden on March 14th of this year.

She added “We are seeing fashion and textiles develop significantly and we look forward to further exciting challenges working with the Royal Opera House and other professional and community groups.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about this and other courses in the Creative & Cultural Industries should contact Tony.Dobson@tab.ac.uk or Information & Advice on 0845 601 5746.

Felicity Rayman

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