Hartlepool fashion students have designs on success

DESIGNERS: Last-minute preparations for students Hannah Barry, Stephanie Baxter and Jennifer Hickman.
DESIGNERS: Last-minute preparations for students Hannah Barry, Stephanie Baxter and Jennifer Hickman.
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STUDENTS from Hartlepool are to present their collections at the first ever fashion show of its kind in the region.

The three fashion degree students from Cleveland College of Art & Design’s Hartlepool campus will unveil their designs for the first time at the NE1’s Fashion Futures event in Gateshead.

The girls were selected due to their thought-provoking themes and directional design development, which has been realised in garment form.

The two-day event will be held tomorrow and Thursday at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.

Stephanie Baxter, 20, Jennifer Hickman, 20, and 21 year-old Hannah Barry are all busy preparing their collections for the catwalk show.

The students started designing the collections in January and have only started producing the garments over the past few weeks.

Jennifer is feeling the strains of a real designer whilst working on her two pieces.

She said: “I am feeling the pressure now but it is very exciting. The theme for my collection in World War II.”

Stephaine is also showing off two outfits with a war theme. Her inspiration came from the 70th anniversary of the Auschwitz disaster.

Hannah based her pieces around the controversial issues which surround the church.

She said: “My garments have a very restricted feel to them. I am really looking forward to seeing my work on show.”

Vicky Wake, the programme leader of the fashion degree, said: “The girls were selected due to their thought provoking themes and directional design development which has been realised in garment form. We are proud to have been invited to take part in the show this year and hope for an increased presence next year.”