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Students bring dark glamour to the campus catwalk

By West Briton  |  Posted: January 30, 2014

  • Students on the Gothic-themed catwalk.

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STUDENTS at Cornwall College Camborne have been working hard to display their creativity and inject some much-needed glamour into January.

The fashion and textiles Level 3 Extended Diploma students have spent the past six weeks compiling ideas, designing materials and constructing fabrics to showcase the skills and methods they've learnt so far this year.

The Dark Glamour fashion show is a collaborative project and also includes students from the Level 3 theatrical make-up course at Camborne. They met the fashion students early on in the project and explained the theme of the show before the make-up students came up with designs and looks from the Gothic era for each of the models.

Max Rothermel, 18, from St Ives, a fashion and textiles student, said: "The fashion show has been a great experience, very theatrical.

"We now know what to expect when working with deadlines and different garments. My designs were based on the crow, a Gothic symbol of death, and it was really fun to research that."

The annual show is based in the Avalon Theatre at the Camborne campus which is big enough to build the 'runway' and seat fellow students and staff members as the audience.

The theatre is decorated in the way a set designer would undertake a task for an industry fashion show. This included getting the lighting right to give the audience the feel of glamour in a darkened room, but also positioning specially designed headstones around the runway area to emphasise the theme.

Students have been referring to literature from the Gothic era for inspiration for their designs. The ideas are then designed into clothing made from various but non-traditional materials such as black bin bags, dyed hessian and crêpe paper. Students gain experience of working with different materials and how they work and can be made into different items.

The extended diploma covers a wide range of areas of the fashion industry including illustration, visual communication and pattern design.

Ray Maitland, lecturer for the extended diploma course, said: "This fashion show that we put on every year allows the students to work on a full clothing project from start to finish. They start off with their sketchbooks and pencil and then six weeks later they are showcasing the finished items to a public audience.

"They get the chance to work with different materials and manipulate them until they have a suitable item of clothing. This is what they will be expected to do in the industry and by working on this project they get the right experience early on in their careers."

If you are interested in finding out more about the Level 3 fashion and textiles or theatrical make-up courses, call the inquires team on 0845 2232567 or visit www.cornwall.ac.uk

There is an information evening at the Camborne campus on Thursday, February 6, at 5pm to 7.30pm.

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