Students parade fashion talents

Cleveland College of Art and Design first year textile students, (left to right) Rebecca Toothill, Joyce Quinn, and Olivia Havelock.

Cleveland College of Art and Design first year textile students, (left to right) Rebecca Toothill, Joyce Quinn, and Olivia Havelock.

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CREATIVE students have designs on a high-profile career in textiles after displaying their work in front of the world’s top fashion houses.

Hartlepool students Rebecca Toothill and Joyce Quinn, who study at Cleveland College of Art and Design (CCAD), in Church Square, showcased their impressive work before representatives from Gucci, Dior and Valentino.

The top names were just some of the labels who were there to see the students’ work as part of the Indigo trade fair in Paris.

The fair attracts a large audience of buyers, agents, and designers from the world of fashion textiles.

It is an opportunity for those who take part to sell designs, make business contacts and meet fellow designers.

First year students Rebecca and Joyce, with Olivia Havelock, from Middlesbrough, had their work chosen to be displayed in Paris after excelling in a competition run at the college’s Hartlepool campus.

Olivia won the college’s competition with her repeat leaf and twig pattern and Rebecca and Joyce were runners-up with their flower-inspired designs.

CCAD extended diploma in textiles course leader, Lynne Carverhill, said: “Indigo is the number one textile show for up-and-coming fabric designers and for some of our first year students to have the opportunity to show their work alongside graduate designers was incredible.

“We offered all of our first years the chance to exhibit at Indigo, alongside our textiles and surface design degree programme students, through a digital print competition run in the college.

“Their brief was to produce a design of flora extraordinary measures, inspired by a visit they made to an exhibition at Belsay Hall, which included work by artists Ron Mueck and Freddie Robbins.

“The standard of design was exceptional.”

For details of CCAD courses call (01642) 288888.