Fashion and Design have truly been on a journey this year. Some of our students hadn’t so much as picked up a needle and thread when they first started, and now they’re designing and putting together their very own outfits. Read on and flick through the galleries to see some of the wonderful memories, experiences and projects our students have been involved with this year.
Each year the Fashion & Design students begin their first term at Dv8 Sussex with a creative Trashion project, this year called ‘What a load of junk’. The purpose of this project is to make garments/dresses out of recycled items that are usually thrown away, which our young designers source themselves from the local community. The Fashion students showcased their designs in the first term’s showcase event and also collaborated with Media Production students so that they could take away professional photographs of their pieces to add to their creative and professional portfolios.
Throughout the year our young fashionistas ventured outside the college to visit professionals that are out there living and breathing Fashion and Design everyday. The students have travelled to London to meet styling queen Carol Hayes, they took part in workshops at the fabulous Sew Fabulous in Brighton, visited our friends at Brighton and Hove Museums to see their fashion collections, and met local inspiring guests such as designer Louise O’Mahony at our Creative Careers Day. The students have learnt and experimented with sewing and pattern cutting, concept designing, upcycling old clothes, designing their own corsets, constructing garments and for some students, work experience opportunities in Fashion fields.
One of Fashion’s most recent projects gave them not just the inspiration to create something that has the potential to be made into a real design with a purpose, but the incentive of a prize in the form of vouchers! The team had been tasked with designing a new concept for the uniforms of various Jury’s Inn Hotel team members. Before the last half term break, they had their first big reveal where they presented their ideas and concepts to the design team. After feedback and final amendments, the winners of the brief were announced at our Brighton End of Year Showcase at BYC.
Before the winners were crowned at the showcase, it was only fitting that the class showed off some of their designs with a mannequin display and student catwalk. Their Fashion tutor Sharon introduced each model and the design they wore as they made their way down the stairs, strutting their stuff to centre stage ready for a pose, photo, and strut back. There was a real sense of achievement and joy about the show, cheering, clapping and smiles throughout.
To conclude Fashion’s show, Leanne from Jury’s Inn took centre stage to announce the winner of the of their exciting project. Having produced such amazing concepts, Leanne had to split the prize into three winners. Molly and Pru took a thoroughly well deserved joint second place, receiving certificates and £25 high street vouchers each. Then the drum roll came… First place went to Becki, her stunning and inspiring concepts wowed the judges and was rewarded with a certificate and £100 voucher! Such beautiful work from the Fashion students and all work that will absolutely demonstrate their skill, passion and commitment to Fashion.
If you’ve been inspired by what our students have achieved this year, why not join our Fashion and Design course in September? Our course is open to 16-18 year olds and will run at both our Brighton and Bexhill campus. Just apply online here!