30 students visited the Clothes Show and attended a seminar by fashion expert Caryn Franklin on future trends and careers in the industry. The students, who are mainly studying GCSE textiles, will use the visit as the basis of a mini project to design their own capsule wardrobe. They also saw a catwalk show presented by designer Henry Holland and visited stalls, many of which showcased the work of artisan clothes and jewellery designers.
The students were accompanied by Miss Moore, Mrs Hilling and Mr Hooper. Miss Moore said: ‘I wanted my GCSE girls in particular to take away information from the hour-long seminar on Design and Trend. It had quite a lot of careers information as well which was really useful. I wanted them to understand how textiles and fashion is a viable industry to go into. They also saw a show with lots of catwalk models and dancers on stage showing collections and future fashion trends.
There were lots of one-off designers. I made contact with a leather maker who is just setting herself up in a business and there are lots of people setting themselves up, like jewellery makers and artisans. The students studying GCSE textiles have just finished mood boards based on the future trends they saw at the NEC. They are going to do a lesson on designing and will finish off their work over the holidays by doing an evaluation. They will finish up with a capsule wardrobe design collection to demonstrate how the design process works and to see if they have understood what is going to be on trend next spring and summer.
The Clothes Show trends predicted lots of lightweight prints and glitter or metallic fabrics, layers and unusual and free flowing garment shapes coming through, inspired by festival and party clothing. The students loved it. They were all buzzing and had seen a few celebrities. For me the highlight was the seminar with Caryn Franklin because she is so inspirational and massively influential. The girls took notes in the seminar and were brilliantly behaved and on task.’