Barnet and Southgate College Fashion students delivered a glamorous catwalk fashion show at Brent Cross Shopping Mall.
The event showcased the talents of 35 Barnet and Southgate College Fashion students on levels 1 to 3 of the extended diploma in Fashion. The students continually work on their collections throughout the year, but this was a unique opportunity for them to see their work modelled on a catwalk, with a live audience and music.
The Fashion students performed two impressive catwalk shows in the centre of the shopping centre atrium, featuring inspiring collections based on insects, the artist Frida Kahlo and the style of the military.
Barnet and Southgate College Level 3 Fashion student, Ashika Patel is 18 years old and lives in Borehamwood, she said:
“The themes behind both my fashion collections today were ‘Frida Kahlo’ aimed at a Top Shop customer and the Military. As part of my inspiration we went to visit the recent Frida Kahlo exhibition at the V&A, it was fascinating to see her own clothes on display, after seeing them I decided to use cross stitch on the front, which Frida used a lot, but in a modern way in my sleek, black outfit. My military jacket is a two-piece khaki suit with gold buttons, that’s aimed at a high street shopper, so a modern take. I’ve really enjoyed the fashion show and to see my garments coming down the catwalk, and seeing people reacting to them has been great.
I’ve loved my course at Barnet and Southgate College, it was the only place near to me that ran a good fashion course and it’s been the best choice as I’ve been going to university interviews for my degree, and they’ve all been really impressed with the range of topics that we’ve covered here on the extended diploma in fashion. I’ve had four university interviews so far and I hope to be accepted at one of them to study for a degree in fashion later this year.”
Barnet and Southgate College Fashion student, Elia Buafoh is 18 years old and is from Tottenham. She said:
“I love the fashion rooms at Barnet and Southgate College and love coming to College, one day I hope to work in the fashion industry, but first I’d like to complete my foundation degree at either Central Saint Martin’s in London, or Liverpool University. The fashion show at Brent Cross has been such great experience, it’s a real adrenaline rush putting a collection together for a show, but most of all I’ve loved sewing from scratch, we do a lot more practical than a lot of other colleges and there are really good facilities at the Wood Street Campus, but it was the partnership with UAL that really attracted me to the College.
My collection today comprises of a military jacket, covered in flags inspired by the war and I laced the back of the jacket with neon. My Frida Kahlo design was inspired by Frida’s tortured life and her addiction to morphine, so I actually embroidered syringes onto the outfit to symbolise this.”
Alyson Cook, Barnet and Southgate College’s Curriculum Manager for Creative Arts said:
“The catwalk show at Brent Cross is an excellent opportunity for our fashion students to come together to work on a live project. This is a potential direction that they may follow, so the event provides valuable experience as well as contributing to their qualifications. Collaborations of this nature are fundamental in terms of the student experience and generate a rewarding and professional perspective, developing their confidence to step into the commercial world and help them secure employment after their course.”