Tonight, students from University Centre studying BA Fashion and Textiles showcased a diverse range of designs on the catwalk for the first time at Firstsite, to a delighted crowd. The venue has hosted the graduate show for the past three years, selling out the popular event another year running.
Ruth Ashwell is a final year graduate who showed her collection at the show told me how she felt after the event: “It was an amazing and overwhelming experience to see our hard work finally complete and showcased for friends, family and industry professionals.”
The designers, each with around six outfits each had their work modelled by fellow students and friends of those studying for their BA degree in Fashion and Textiles. The runway broke away from tradition as it snaked in and out of the gallery space, with the 350-strong crowd seated along the outskirts.
Sue Hogan, the head of the Learning Team at Firstsite told me what it was like hosting such a large event: “Firstsite have hosted the UCC Fashion Show for the last few years and it is a true highlight in our programme. There is a lot to organise, logistically, for this event that often sees in excess of 300 patrons but the staff at Firstsite are always keen to be involved and to make sure it is a success.
The tutors from the Fashion and Textiles course are fantastic and work closely with us in the preparation and planning stages. The garments produced are of a consistently high quality and I am impressed by the hard work of the students and all those who take part in the day. This year the catwalk was in the main gallery spaces and it was fantastic to see the students work in amongst the artwork.”
The students are now getting ready for their end of year exhibition ‘Unfinished Business’ which will take place at Colchester School of Art on the 14th June.