College designers at Birmingham NEC Clothes Show Live

THE Clothes Show Live attracts top designers, famous models and thousands of fashion fans each year, but that didn’t deter Comet country textile students one stitch.

For the students, from North Hertfordshire College (NHC), showcased their designs at this year’s event.

The foundation degree fashion and textiles final year students spent the week at Birmingham’s NEC, with their designs worn by professional models two shows a day.

Chanelle Lawrence was one of the students who saw her designs hit the catwalk. The 19-year-old wants to design bridal wear and open her own boutique after finishing the course.

She said: “This is the first time I’ve had my work exhibited at the Clothes Show Live.

“It’s great when people come up to you and say they like your garment.”

Students, who created two outfits each, used the Queen’s Jubilee as inspiration for the designs.

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They used patterns and textiles related to the coronation and styles popular in the 1950s.

NHC fashion and textile tutor Julia Fleminger said: “This year’s selection of garments was a feast of textures, from columns and spirals in starched silk-chiffon to frantic machine-stitching and exuberant self-created prints.

“The limited colour palette of purple, royal blue and ivory with an accent of silver was based on the original colours used in 1952 when the Queen came to the throne.

“The students produced a fantastic body of work, and as always were thrilled to see their efforts up there on the catwalk.”

The garments will be displayed at the Enterprise shop in Hermitage Road, Hitchin, until Monday, December 19.