Passion for fashion

A passion for fashion and thirst for a challenge saw second year Textiles, Fine Art and Business Studies student, Alyna Wadsworth, stage a catwalk show for her Extended Project.

Alyna’s clever teaser campaign on social media and around the College created an air of intrigue about NOIR, her autumn/winter collection of 12 complete outfits comprising more than 30 individual garments.

Drawing inspiration from classic French styling, the dominance of black in her creations and the simplicity of strong tailored lines, Alyna used modern fabrics like PVC to contradict notions of classical elegance and add a modern day twist. Her show opened with a film inspired by the work of fashion photographer, Nick Knight, created as an Extended Project by fellow Textiles student, Fraser Brown.

“I wanted to do something that had never been done by an Extended Project student and saw this as a good opportunity to push myself,” says Alyna, who did her own photography to promote the event and called on friends to help with tailoring and modelling her collection.

“Fashion is definitely my passion and I find the idea of leading a project but still having creative input really interesting.

“I learned a lot and am so grateful to everyone at Barton Peveril for giving me such an amazing opportunity.  The moment I walked out and everyone was clapping was incredible because they had come to see my work.  It was amazing and I know that being a creative director is what I really want to do!”

Alyna has applied for a place on the Foundation Art Diploma course at Barton Peveril which she hopes to follow with a degree in Fashion Design at the University of Westminster.

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