Preview: Blackpool & The Fylde College Fashion Show

Fashion.  It’s a funny beast.  From the crazy exuberance of youth, to the expensive labels of the mid twenties and to the ‘if it’s clean and comfy’ ease of middle age, we are all party to its capricious whims.

The designers of tomorrow’s fashion get to flaunt a parade of their creations this week at The Winter Gardens. The catwalk is where most designers get to first show to the public the clothes they hope to influence our next trends in clothing, but this fashion show has an extra dimension, not so much what we on the streets will wear, but what will be worn on stage.

Fashion for performance is the degree that the designers have spent three years working on. They will be showcasing the best of their final degree work in a variety of different media. Catwalk and video will create a parade of what the singers and stage folk shall be clad in as the newly awarded graduates set out into the working world.

“The opportunity to get students, from all over the UK to work in and with the building was too good to miss,” said Councillor David Owen, Chair of the Winter Gardens Trust. “What makes the collaboration more exciting is the fact that students showcasing costume and fashion in a building that was built for entertainment.  It’s brilliant to think Blackpool is turning out the next generation of designers!”

Student Alysia Schuetzle says, “As a group we are all hugely excited about the imminent show and not least about the fact that it is taking place in Blackpool where we have all lived and studied for three years. For us this show represents years of hard work and the culmination of our education at Blackpool and the Fylde College. It is an amazing opportunity to showcase our work at a beautiful location which is at the centre of this town’s cultural arts scene and I feel this is especially important in allowing us, the first graduating year of this course, to establish a strong benchmark and aesthetic for the years that will follow.”

The Winter Gardens will be hosting the event in their newly refurbished Grand Foyer, through a partnership between Blackpool & the Fylde College’s School of Creative Arts, the Winter Gardens Trust and Blackpool Council. Tickets are pretty hot already. Thankfully, altBlackpool has managed to snag some, so if you are not able to make this Wednesday we will fill you in on all the evening’s events.

Images courtesy of Andy Mellor and Julie Mullin.

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