Harrogate College showcased an array of talented fashion degree students’ work, at the end of year graduate event, PINK, on Thursday 11th June 2015.
The event was a culmination of the year’s work for students on the Level 3 BA (HONS) Fashion course at Harrogate College and was entirely student led. They had to work as a team to organise, promote and run the event, which was extremely well attended with support from family, friends, staff, former students, employers and the Mayor and Mayoress.
The students raised a fabulous £265.38 for the Emerald Lodge Children’s Hospital, a charity that looks after children with mental health issues.
The graduates’ collections were modelled professionally by Harrogate College students’ from throughout the Art and Design department, which allowed them to build their confidence working in quick paced environments such as catwalks.
Each student with collections showcased in the installation, had created and edited a time lapse video of their designs coming to life throughout the year, so visitors could see the transformation and their achievements, right up to the finished product. This proved quite emotional for the graduates.
Level 3 BA (HONS) Fashion student Sandra Blackburn directed the event.
“I directed the show, which was very stressful beforehand. During the installation I was really nervous but it was worth it in the end as we’ve had amazingly positive feedback which has left me feeling quite emotional!” – Sandra Blackburn
“There were lots of tears, a lot of anger and even more frustration. We’ve had tough journeys over the past three years, but we are bigger, better and stronger women for it!” – Thelka Hall Third Year BA (HONS) Fashion student.
Annabel Smith was proud of the work that her hardworking students have produced over the past three years working together.
“My students are talented and strive for perfection. The final year students are extremely hard working and have pulled out all of the stops to put on this excellent fashion installation” – Annabel Smith
“Everything fell into place on the night of the show. The models were organised, everyone was calm and the show went without a hitch.” – Annabel Smith – BA (HONS) Fashion Lecturer.
The fashion installation was informal and relaxing, with a warm buzz to the room. Guests could also visit the end of year Art and Design Exhibition LOOK.
As part of their course, students had the opportunity to work for outside clients such as The Chelsea Truck Company, during which time they used their skills learned at Harrogate College, to design branded T-shirts and Jackets to compliment the car interiors. Sandra Blackburn was offered an internship off the back of this experience.
Harrogate College has graduate BA (HONS) Fashion student Amber Reeve, in the final of the Bridal Buyer Best Student Designer Competition 2015 after former student Samantha Henty was last year’s winner.
“We have a diverse range of students here at Harrogate College from first years to Master degrees. All of them have faced a steep learning curve but they have overcome many challenges and produced some outstanding work.” – Annabel Smith
MA Graeme Knowles Miller will be exhibiting his Scandinavian pattern knits inspired Knitwear collection, at his own exhibition in August as part of his Master’s degree.