Five years of fabulous fashion

Five years of fabulous fashion
Pictured: Miss Markwell (centre), Mayor and Mayoress of King's Lynn Mr and Mrs Geoff Hipperson (centre left and right) and Springwood High School students.

Springwood High School held its fifth annual Summer Fashion Show on Wednesday evening, showcasing the coursework of the Year 12 and 13 BTEC Fashion students.

The garments were all designed and made by Year 12 and 13 Fashion students and modelled by themselves and other students from all year groups. Miss Markwell was especially proud of this year’s show due to the creativity and flamboyance of the students’ designs and creations. Their use of modern technology such as the school’s laser cutting machine to create embellishments, surface decoration and fabric manipulation made the garments unique and stylish.

The models only had a day to rehearse the catwalk routine but by the end of the show were total pros, owning the runway with sass and confidence.

The BTEC Fashion students are taught how to design and create unique pieces ready for the catwalk. Students come to the course with a mixed range of abilities. Some have studied Textiles or Art at GCSE level, or have experience using a sewing machine at home, while others have never sewn or studied Art before. Course leader Miss Markwell said, “This isn’t a problem as I soon get everyone up to speed, starting with hand embroidery skills then moving on to making a skirt and prom dress in the first few months of starting the course”.

Every year the show has an opening music act and this year Miss Markwell asked the local Taal Rasa Bhava Dance Academy to stage a Bollywood style dance performance. The colourful outfits and make-up looked stunning on the stage and the show was very energetic and exciting.

The show was very popular and was attended by an audience comprising students and their families, Springwood teachers, the Head of Springwood High School Mr Johnson (who has never missed a show) and special guests the Mayor and Mayoress of King's Lynn Mr and Mrs Geoff Hipperson.

Emma Markwell, Course Leader for BTEC Fashion was delighted with the results of her students’ efforts, “The great thing about this show is it brings so many students and staff together. This year we had students from Hair and Beauty styling the models’ hair and make-up, A Level Media Studies and Photography students filmed and photographed the show, while students and staff members were busy behind the scenes helping everything run smoothly. There was also a professional photographer Matthew Usher who came along to give a paparazzi feel to the live event.

Miss Markwell has been teaching Fashion & Textiles for over six years now at Springwood and has been delighted in seeing students designs come to fruition on the catwalks. “Over the past few years students have taken career routes via university or apprenticeships. I can’t wait to see one of them become the next Stella McCartney or Vivienne Westwood! Fashion and Textiles are becoming really popular in the school with girls and boys from all age groups wanting to take the subject or be involved with the Fashion show. Seeing the students’ creations come to life on the catwalk brings some welcome glitz and glamour to the school and is a wonderful end of year celebration for everyone involved.”

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