Dress Fancy… Not Fancy Dress

 

Photo Credit : Sami Binns ( Third year photography student at UCLan)
Photo Credit : Sami Binns ( Third year photography student at UCLan)

On the 27th November , third year  BA (Hons) Fashion Promotion with Styling students held two fashion shows at  53 degrees.Using their inspiration from Victoria and Albert Museum’s ‘Club to Catwalk’ exhibition  , the students presented their ideas using clothing donated by St.Catherine’s Hospice , Preston. Matt Palmer, Pluto’s Arts Reporter,  went along to the fashion show to witness the cretive skills of the students.

53 Degrees was transformed into a models’ runway this week for the annual Fashion shows by UCLan’s third year Fashion Promotion and Styling students as part of their course and own professional development . Dress Fancy… Not Fancy Dress was inspired by the upcoming Victoria & Albert museum exhibition, Club to Catwalk – London Fashion in the 1980s, and the room was decked out accordingly with displays of mannequins dressed for clubbing and plenty of neon. There were 34 students involved in the organisation of the event and clearly their main focus was on putting together a highly professional production, and aside from the strange purple rhinoceros sculpture that appeared to have wandered into the room of its own volition, they were very successful in their attempt.The show was comprised exclusively of outfits using clothes donated by St.Catherine’s Hospice. This restriction on the students led to some interesting reworkings on the 80s fashion theme, and as somebody whose idea of fashion is a pair of jeans and a t-shirt with a funny picture on it, I was very surprised by what the students had been up to. By recycling the unconventional items of clothing available from the charity the students have designed some spectacular outfits unlike anything I was expecting. A particular highlight was the arrival of a couple whose clothes were clearly based on the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, but without the royal budget and only charity shop clothes to dress with, ‘Charles’ trousers appeared to have been replaced with skin-tight leggings, and ‘Diana’ wore a leather jacket studded with the words “England’s Rose”. As the show wore on, any early scepticism I may have had soon gave way to anticipation of the next model and the next creation.

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