the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress
Textiles students stage glittering fashion showcase
05 May 2017
On Tuesday 2nd May, the Senior School Hall hosted the annual Fashion Textiles showcase event. The hall was transformed into a magical space with balloons, candlelit candelabras and assorted antique china from which Mrs Harris and her team of Food and Nutrition students crafted and served a range of delicious high tea delicacies alongside English tea and, of course, a glass of Prosecco.
The evening began with some haunting music from our classical guitarists, lead by Emma Khan. During the program we were also treated to an urban gymnastics style dance choreographed by Olivia Brewster Ellis. Holly Morgan ably compered the evening, guiding us through the individual array of fashion products with style and clarity.
The Year 10 students opened the catwalk by ‘strutting their stuff’, wearing their individual A-Line dresses inspired by the Birmingham Skyline. They choose a range of unusual and sometimes difficult fabrics to work with, including PVC and even soldered metal rings.
Year 11 students had designed and made a range of remarkable reversible coats with innovative features, including the use of LED lights. Each student modelled their garment with attitude and pride, skilfully emphasising each of their unique features to the audience.
As well as working with interior designer Suzanne Barnes during the Autumn Term, Year 12 students showed further progression in terms of ingenuity, skill and creativity, with garments that had a number of functions as well as being stylish. These products ranged from a toasty outdoor trouser and jacket combination that combined to make a sleeping bag, to a little black dress with detachable features.
In Year 13 the students were expected to create their own design contexts and briefs. Their eye-catching and beautifully fitted range of garments were truly inspired by some very current issues. The final walk by the Year 13s and their elegant models proved to be a rather moving moment towards the end of the showcase.
Many people in the EHS community have contributed to the huge success of this year’s event. The Food and Textiles Department would therefore like to thank the Bursary Office for selling the tickets, the caretaker and site team for all the prompt setting up and table laying, Mrs Lampard and Mrs Schofield for their support with the Afternoon Tea and the Sixth Form team for serving so elegantly, Mrs Norman and Mrs Saddington for their imitable catwalk organisation, Mr Berman’s technical team and finally, of course, the Textiles Technology students for their skill, passion and enthusiasm.
Finally, as a very proud new Head of Department at EHS, the biggest and most heartfelt thank you must go to the department team: Mrs Saddington for her calm, experienced support, Mrs Harris for her phenomenal, no-nonsense organisation and finally, Mrs Mooney and Mrs Cummings, for their creative, inspirational and dedicated teaching within Textiles.
The department certainly has a challenge for next year; to improve upon what was a truly magical evening. We do know, however, that it will be inspired by the soon-to-be newly equipped Technology Textiles workshop including state-of-the-art 3D printers and a laser-cutter. We look forward to seeing you there!
Head of Food and Textiles
Fashion Showcase 2017
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