Designs dazzle at Central Newcastle High School annual fashion show

Old girls and undergraduates joined students for a catwalk extravaganza at Central Newcastle High School's annual fashion parade

Central Newcastle High School's Art and Design Fashion Show
Central Newcastle High School's Art and Design Fashion Show.

Bold patterns, chic sequin dresses and tweed creations were part of a fashion parade showcasing student talent.

Central Newcastle High School, based in the Jesmond, organises the visual extravaganza each year.

The eagerly-anticipated catwalk event is the culmination of months of hard work by students in the school’s art department.

More than 90 girls between 14 and 18 paraded collections and modelled designs of some old girls now studying and working in fashion design industry.

Alison Goldie, Head of Art and Design at Central High said “This is a very ambitious show, we intentionally set the bar very high, and it is a wonderful opportunity to make the younger girls realise how creative and inventive they can all be, and also rise to the challenge of learning sewing skills and making their own outfits”


Student Nilufar Farsi, asked a friend to wear her ‘wacky’ design on the catwalk for the very first time.

She said: “We have been practising our steps and movements in the art department where we have measured out a catwalk, the real thing with everyone watching was so exciting, it made me want to do it again.”

AS and A Level and degree students also had collections on display.

Ms Goldie said: “We have some exceptionally talented students, many of whom will go on to study art and design at the highest of levels. Our AS and A Level students’ work is stunning.

“It is very inspiring for our younger girls to see what the AS and A Level students achieve, and to see the old girls who are already making their way successfully in the highly competitive fashion industry.”


Alumnae included Lauren Anderson, Charis Younger, Evie Turley, Jenni Moore, Chloe Cooper and Caroline Legg, all working in fashion or studying for a degree in fashion.

The final presentation was by Charis Younger who left Central High in 2006 and now works as a womenswear designer for the trendsetting fashion retailer AllSaints.

Hilary French, headteacher, said: “It’s wonderful to have so many old girls who have carved out such successful careers in fashion design back with us this evening.

“We are grateful for their generosity in coming and spending time with the girls, bringing their valuable collections and letting the girls wear them; they are fantastic role models for our current girls.

“Events like this evening are testimony to the power of encouraging and supporting every girl to follow her own passion whether that be in medicine, a career in the City or following a more creative and entrepreneurial path”.


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