10th May 2004

 

HORTICULTURE MEETS HAUTE COUTURE

 

Fashion students from the University of Lincoln are taking horticultural inspiration from Springfields in Spalding to design unique garden-themed outfits.

 

The flowery fabrications will be displayed in catwalk shows at the launch of Springfields Outlet and Festival Gardens on Thursday 13th May.

 

The four second-year students are Katie Hughes (21) from Solihull, Selina Wolohan (20) from Blackpool, Emma Jayne Froggatt (21) from Lincoln and Tina Herringshaw (21) from Yorkshire.

 

All four students have been busy for the last four months designing their pieces and will have a number of outfits to show, including both funky knitwear and stylish couture evening wear featuring real and silk flowers.

 

I have really enjoyed every aspect of the course and I am looking forward to working in the fashion industry, said Emma Jayne. I hope to work in fashion buying, but I also find design and manufacture very enjoyable, as its really good to see something on the catwalk that you have designed and produced yourself.

 

Carol Brown, subject leader for Fashion at the University of Lincoln, commented: This is a fantastic opportunity for the students to get involved in a live project. It gives them real deadlines to work to and the girls have been really inspired.

 

The creations they have designed and manufactured are beautifully styled with real flowers and materials from the gardens which will enhance the horticultural theme within the show.

 

Springfields Centre Director Richard Broadhead said: Im delighted that Springfields is starting as it means to go on by involving the local community in the launch.

 

Its brilliant that these designers have been so committed to working on this project and the designs they have produced look fabulous.

 

Springfields Outlet and Festival Gardens is a 38-acre site encompassing gardens and 40 outlet stores. There is also a dedicated garden centre selling most of the shrubs and flowers that can be seen in the festival gardens.

 

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Left to right: Katie Hughes, Emma Froggatt, Selina Wolahan and Tina Herringshaw

 

 

For more information contact:

Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

01522 886042 jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk