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Fashion students' catwalk show goes to church

Barnet and Southgate College fashion Students held their final year show on 16 May at St. John the Baptist Church, adjacent to the College’s Wood Street Campus in High Barnet

The talented students showcased their designs from their final year collections. Two shows were held which were both open to the local community, schools, staff, family and friends.

The afternoon show was attended by MP Theresa Villiers, who commented on how talented the students and their designs were, as well as Councillor David Longstaff and College CEO Darren Mepham. A custom-built stage was erected in front of the stunning stained glass window in the Church and the audience were wowed with an array of colourful and imaginative designs which students have been working on all year.

Their inspiration came from a myriad of themes, those such as Barnet and Southgate College student Janine Jones, aged 19 from Walthamstow. Janine is studying for a BTEC Level 3 in fashion and her theme for the final year show was 'Medieval Magic'. She said:

“I chose to come to Barnet and Southgate College as I left school early and had to find somewhere I could finish my GCSEs so that I could re-take maths and English, it was the best option for me and worth the bus journey from Walthamstow. After my GCSEs I wanted to stay on to do my A levels as back then I wanted to study fashion journalism at university, but after talking to the course leaders I decided that the UAL fashion course would be better suited for me, as it’s assignment based not just all on the exams.

Barnet and Southgate College fashion student Janine Jones (right) with a model wearing one of her designs

It’s been a really good course but I hadn’t got any sewing experience so had to learn the basic skills when I first joined. My highlights over the last couple of years have been working on the fashion shows, I love them and the whole experience. My collection this year is based on the theme of ‘witchcraft’ after I went to an exhibition called ‘spellbound’ at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford; that really inspired my gothic outfit.  It’s all black with bursts of red, silver and gold with a striking embroidery detail.

My future ambition is to go to university to study fashion management and marketing. I’ve got an offer from Winchester School of Art, which is my first choice. My dream job would be to work in online fashion marketing, as that’s really the future I think. It’s been hard work at college but definitely worth it, it’s been a struggle but rewarding and I made the right decision coming here and it has prepared me well for university.”

Barnet and Southgate College Curriculum Manager for Creative Industries, Alyson Cook said:

“Barnet and Southgate College is extremely proud of all our talented final year fashion students, who put on an inspirational and very professional show. They’ve all worked extremely hard putting together their collections, and the end of year show has become an annual College highlight. It also gives the students a chance to shine and be involved in a real life fashion event, which they may one day be hosting themselves.”