Over 55 students from Belfast Metropolitan College showcased their designs at the annual end of year Fashion Show, which took place in the Long Gallery of Parliament Buildings at Stormont for the first time.
Including original ideas, assignment work and pieces created for competition entries, over 70 student-designed creations hit the runway. It was a real student-led affair with students not only providing the impressive creations, but also modelling, often in their own designs, and providing music and entertainment throughout the evening. Students and staff from Belfast Met’s Hairdressing and Beauty school created the 60’s style looks for the show.
The designs, which included show-stopping evening gowns and award-winning bridal wear, were created by fashion students at all levels in Belfast Met including BTEC Level 2 and 3 Diploma’s in Fashion and Clothing, part-time BTEC Certificate in Fashion, BSC (Hons) in Fashion Management and City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Theatre Costume Fashion. Joining the current students were three Belfast Met graduates from Unify NI, a Belfast-based collective fashion studio.
Among the themes for the show were 50’s revival, men’s heritage, summer tea party, pop art, cuban collection, safari, teddy boy, 20’s inspired and vintage floral. The mix of themes and range of styles, from daywear to shift dresses, glamorous evening dresses and bridalwear, really demonstrated the originality of each student. Each creation is totally unique and innovative, starting with the idea and following with the pattern, design and style of the piece.
The annual show also debuted three varieties of the ’15 Minute Dress’ which involves a unique cutting design that can be completed in a very short time frame. A number of hand-dyed dresses were modelled, revealing the stunning colourful results of the intricate and highly skilled dyeing process.
Kevin Lavery, Head of School Creative and Service Industries at Belfast Metropolitan College, said:
“I would like to congratulate every one of our students who was involved with this outstanding event, as it is their original ideas that make the show really come to life. The effort and energy that our students put into their work is really inspiring, and I know that they will have a great impact on the future success of our creative economy in Northern Ireland.
“At Belfast Met, we have always maintained links to the fashion world in order to keep up with the latest trends, teach new methods of designing, and ensure students get relevant hands-on experience, whether it’s through working with established designers or shadowing in workshops. So for this I would like to thank our dedicated and generous partners who have supplied us with materials and assignments – Aria Clothing, Douglas & Grahame, Cooneen Textiles, Bridgedale, Ulster Weavers and Grosvenor Shirts – as without their support, this annual celebration of the students achievements would not be possible.”
The success of the fashion show at Stormont has added to a triumphant year at School of Creative and Service Industries at Belfast Metropolitan College, with a number of student award wins including the coveted Wedding Journal Designer of the Year, Colleges NI BEST Innovation Award and the City of Culture ‘Off the Cuff’ competition.
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