I was invited up to Preston last week for a fashion presentation by the University of Central Lancashire's third year BA (Hons) Fashion Promotion with Styling students. The show was inspired by the Victoria and Albert Museum’s ‘Club to Catwalk’ exhibition which chronicles the creativity of a group of influential young people in the 1980s. Echoing an exciting era which launched designers, performers and magazines such as Katherine Hamnett, Boy George, Leigh Bowery and I.D. the team of student stylists had been challenged with reworking and upcycling clothes selected from 12 St Catherine’s Hospice stores across Lancashire and believe me they did a fantastic job!
‘Dress Fancy…Not Fancy Dress’ showcased the creative skills of the students who worked together on every aspect of the fashion show including the production, hospitality, music and marketing. I have to say it was a great event and showcased the students skills in an exciting and worthwhile way ...well worth the trip up the motorway.
Course Leader Jacqui McAssey said, “I think it is fitting that these young people have been challenged to create a modern fashion show whilst acknowledging the creativity of 80s art, music and style. They were also highly motivated by the support they have received from St Catherine’s Hospice and have worked hard to produce a high quality event.”
As well as a fantastic set based on London's Blitz Club the students had also set up a pop up shop of upcycled vintage clothes, with all profits going to St Catherines Hospice.
As you can see every part of the show was fantastic, from the lighting, the visuals, the music and of course the styling. The students had really embraced the theme and the styling was a homage to 80's iconic designers such as Thierry Mugler, Westwood and Gautier. I also loved the reference to Winona Ryder's character in Beetlejuice, and the play on this seasons laundry bag check, a clever nod to current trends whilst staying true to the theme.
A big well done to all the students involved. I thoroughly enjoyed the night and every aspect was extremely well done. I believe I may have just bore witness to early work from future super stylists!
UCLAN is one of a couple of universities in the country to offer this type of course and it's not too far from Liverpool! If you would like anymore information on this course or other fashion courses available at the university see their website below.