21st May 2015, 10:29am
Catwalk show shines a light on future fashion talent
Catwalk show shines a light on future fashion talent A spotlight will shine on the future of the creative fashion industry when the University of Lincoln raises the curtain for its annual Graduate Fashion Show.

Entitled Eclipse and taking on a ‘dark to light’ theme, the 2015 catwalk show will include innovative collections from 23 graduating students for Lincoln’s BA (Hons) Fashion course.

The end-of-year show is open to the public and takes place on Friday 29th May 2015 at 7pm, at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre on the University’s main Brayford Pool campus. A live dress rehearsal and back-stage tour will take place at 1pm on the same day, offering school and college pupils the opportunity to learn from Lincoln’s future fashion stars.

Victoria Bellandini, Programme Leader for Fashion at the University of Lincoln’s School of Fine & Performing Arts, said: “Eclipse will showcase a fantastic selection of truly individual collections from our talented students. The annual Graduate Fashion Show represents a really valuable opportunity to shine a spotlight on the results of three years of hard work.”

This year’s show will include imaginative and theatrical work from student Billy Harrison. Billy, who secured a year in industry working with leading retailers such as Debenhams, has created a unique collection of gender-transcending garments. Displayed by professional transvestite models, the collection features a decadent range of printed fabrics, intricate beading and jewel embossed show wear.

Also on show will be a collection from fashion illustrator Charlotte Hartley. Taking a highly original approach to pattern cutting and design, the experimental collection is influenced by both her unconventional style of fashion illustration and her chosen theme of ‘dream states’.

The University of Lincoln’s Fashion course has a proud record of industry success among its graduates and even current students. Second year undergraduate Kerri Plumtree is already looking forward to her graduation show after securing second place in a global competition hosted by Tartan designer GreyFriars to coincide with the first Edinburgh Fashion Week.

Kerri’s tartan design was selected as one of only 13 finalists, and her finished product was styled and presented on the professional catwalk. She said: “Seeing your final piece on the catwalk gives you such a great buzz. Having spent so much time working on each individual garment and for so long seeing them on static mannequins, it is wonderful to see them move as you intended and really come to life.”

Tickets for Eclipse are available to purchase from the Box Office at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre priced at £5 each. Attendance at the live dress rehearsal is free, but places must be booked via the Box Office on phone 01522 837600 or online.
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