CURRENT trends from tartan to tweed were among the impressive collection showcased by the high school’s Creative Fashion students this week, in a show which thrilled not one, but two capacity audiences for the first time in its eight years.
Themed and titled ‘In the Frame’ in connection with the local schools’ Year of Art and Culture as part of the Vision 2014 project, the event once again showcased the talents of Hawick’s potential fashionistas of the future. All wearing on-trend dark bobbed wigs with a heavy fringe and skyscraper wedges, the girls strutted their stuff in their outfits which gave a nod to the latest looks, as well as books, films and culture. And with carefully selected music to match and striking images from the John Parris photo shoot providing the backdrop, audiences were treated to a stylish production.
The show was opened with a high-tempo performance by local dance teacher Andrew Shields and members of his academy, before the runway belonged to tartan and the first f section entitled ‘Braveheart.’ With creations reminiscent of Vivienne Westwood designs, the girls modelled skirts, dresses, maxis and micro-minis, before it was all change for ‘Anything Goes’ and the trend for graphics on tees and dresses. For ‘The Reader,’ the fashion rule book was ripped up with outfits symbolising books including Alice in Wonderland and Little Red Riding Hood.
After another impressive display from the Shields dancers, ‘The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie’ saw a more uniformed look with tweeds and checks, and clever customising. The following ‘Forever Green’ section focused the pupils’ design skills on recycled items to create outfits which saw plastic bags, playing cards and even Christmas cards used on skirts and dresses. It was all about hats of all shapes and sizes for the ‘My Fair Lady’ theme, as well as primary school competition winners who accompanied the models in their own creations.
‘Love Actually’ introduced a wedding theme and customised white gowns including luminous frills and body-con looks, as well as smartly-dressed male pupils as ‘grooms’. ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ carried a black theme with one statement accessory, while ‘Music and Lyrics’ included a Cheryl Cole-inspired military outfit and Madonna’s famous coned top. ‘Imagination’ saw the use of bright colours, satins and silks, before knitwear boasting puffy sleeves, slashed backs, shorts and layers took centre stage for ‘Ice Age.’
For the last section and the theatrically-themed ‘West End to Broadway,’ the models took off their wigs and showed gowns, sequins and a technicoloured skirt among their looks – before being joined by the Shields dancers for a show-stopping finale which combined high-energy with high fashion.
Creative Fashion course co-founder Elizabeth Parkes commented: “We’re delighted with the students and their creations. They have all really worked hard, having just two weeks in the timetable to make each section. And once again, as in previous years, several students are going on to do fashion and textiles courses which is fantastic.”
One outfit from each student can now be seen on display in the Textiles Towerhouse.