They've got the look

10 June 2010

Rachel Carlin's 'Twisted Eve' creation

Rachel Carlin's 'Twisted Eve' creation

ATTENDED by members of GCU’s Executive team with proud friends and family looking on, this year's Fashion, Marketing and Retailing student fashion shows at St Andrew’s in the Square were a triumph.

Twinkling pea-lights wrapped around Grecian columns set the scene as professional models – complete with braided bunches and oversized sunglasses – sashayed down the catwalk to a pulsating soundtrack featuring Goldfrapp, Bow Wow Wow and New Order.

The show started with shirts by second year students that would be appropriate for high street retailer, French Connection. The students had been tasked with researching the shirt and blouse market before creating designs under three themes – sails and tents; internal structures; and maps.  And the result was stunning.  Colourful, quality fabrics, beautifully cut and finished, with a cropped denim shirt, Mandarin-collared blue satin blouse, and white, one-shoulder top among the many highlights.

Then it was the fourth years’ turn with a unique project undertaken with the up-market retailer, Barbour.

To the strains of Bow Wow Wow’s ‘Go Wild in the Country’, children, kindly volunteered for the job by their Fashion, Marketing and Retailing lecturer parents, strutted their stuff in impeccable quilted jackets, oilskin coats and tweeds.

A quilted, studded blue jacket modelled by cherubic Ross, a green tweed coat with pink collar worn by a beaming Bonnie and an oilskin with gun-pad shoulders and elbows sported by shy and reluctant Max, were among the collection which attracted rapturous applause by staff, students and spectators alike.

The third segment of the show was dedicated to third year collections, developed throughout the year incorporating portfolio and sketchbook work, pattern cutting, fabric embellishment and garment construction.

PVC, satin, velour, tweed and even common garden wire were among the many fabrics used in this collection.

Students had selected names for their creations, with Roisin Higgins’ ‘Kyandi’ indicating a very ladylike pale tweed, flared coat with billowing peach net underskirt; Gillian Farrer’s ‘Free Love’ suggesting the flowing lines of her cream satin, all-in-one culottes; and Megan Cuthbertson’s exquisite ‘Nutmeg’, a floor-length, figure-hugging red dress that was inspired by 1950s circus contortionists.

At the end, Rachel Carlin’s ‘Twisted Eve’ drew gasps of admiration with its garden wire and rosebud overskirt sculpted over a black voluminous mini dress.                         

Professor Christopher Moore, Vice Dean of the Caledonian Business School, commented: “These shows are the result of many months of hard work by both staff and students and give the students a unique insight into everything that goes into producing a runway showcase.

“I am incredibly proud of what the students have achieved and particularly pleased at the quality of the garments.  Unlike many other art schools and colleges, our students have to produce the garments from scratch in the university’s Fashion Factory.”

Programme Leader, Linda Shearer, concludes, “The combination of theory and practice within our course gives our students a real competitive advantage.”