TALENTED students preparing to stage a glitzy fashion show are getting help to make it a success from two top industry professionals.
Scores of art, hairdressing and beauty students at the Northumberland College are working on the catwalk show, which will be held in front of an audience at the main Ashington campus next week.
They will be given last-minute tips and advice from a popular TV stylist and a top fashion photographer on the day of the production, which will see them modelling outfits, make-up and hairstyles they have designed and created themselves as part of their courses.
The students will be joined by Essex-based fashion designer and hair stylist Joey Bevan and international fashion photographer Bruce Smith.
Joey is the official designer on the TV series Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model 2011 and can count a number of celebrities among his clients. He designed the outfit worn by X Factor contestant Misha B when she was voted off the show last weekend.
Next Tuesday he will spend time with the students before the show, sharing his insights and helping them prepare to face the public. He will also pass on his expert advice to them on what it takes to be a success in the fashion industry.
He will be joined by Bruce Smith, who has 35 years’ experience of working in the fashion industry all over the world.
The theme of the fashion show, which is open to the public, is Domestic Bliss, and some of the outfits to be modelled by students actually incorporate household objects.
A similar show held by students last year was entitled Body Type and showcased designs aimed at celebrating the human body in all its shapes and sizes.
Yesterday Patrick O’Doherty, programme area leader for creative at Northumberland College, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to learn from not one but two very talented and successful individuals. Joey and Bruce are fantastic at what they do.
“The show will bring together the creativity of the students in all three subject areas, and it has been a delight seeing them work together on what will be a fantastic show.”
Fashion lecturer Rachel Burns came up with the Domestic Bliss theme. She said: “The show explores domesticity and gender, and looks at how our ideas of happiness are affected by the roles we create and take on.”
Art students have created outfits, projections, artwork, performance pieces and short films, which will feature throughout the show. Students will be styling the models and showcasing some of their own ideas.
The show takes place on December 13, from 6.30pm at the Ashington campus. Places can be booked on 01670 841200 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to learn from two very successful individuals