Students at Barton Peveril College in Eastleigh light up catwalk with fashion show

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FROM skirts covered in sweet wrappers to outfits with train tickets, teenagers created a night of catwalk fashion to remember.

Budding designers studying at Barton Peveril College in Eastleigh lit up the runway last night with their innovative creations, inspired by everything from 1970s punk to the London Underground.

Students modelled a range of styles, fabrics and colours, from pastel pink to neon green, clapped on by the audience, which included Eastleigh MP Mike Thornton.

The annual fashion show, held at The Point theatre in Eastleigh, featured work from 87 mainly Art:Textile students, who produced designs inspired by the theme Luminosity.

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Designs incorporated fairy lights, carrier bags, twigs, CDs, metal and elastic bands.

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There were dramatic puffball skirts and enormous collars. Many students modelled their own pieces.

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The 50 AS-level students used as their starting point period costumes, contemporary fashion and multicultural dress.

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Inspirations for A2 students and Foundation Art Diploma students ranged from clothing as a commentary on war, the Arab Spring, 1950s nostalgia and children’s literature.

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The night was capped off with Noir, a collection by A2 student Alyna Wadsworth for her extended project.

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Past pupils at the college have gone on to work in the fashion industry, developing knitwear collections for Topshop in one case and developing their own clothing label in others.

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College principal Jonathan Prest said: “What we’ve seen here is a stunning display of colour and creativity.”

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