Eighty pupils from Newcastle High School for Girls have cultivated their creativity by holding two catwalk shows. The shows were Inspired by themes ranging from body image to technology.
The event was delivered after two years of absence due to the pandemic. Audiences, including staff, pupils, parents, and the general public, were treated to four final year collections from NHSG’s Textile Design A-Level cohort.
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In addition, 80 girls from years 9, 10, 11, and 12 saw their work showcased during the event. The design and fabrication of all garments were created entirely by the girls, the event demonstrated their skills in event planning, staging, music, and lighting.
Year 13 pupil, Rebecca McGowan, 18, from Morpeth, said: “Taking part in the fashion show is important to me as it is a little taster into the fashion industry as I get to create my own outfits, choose music, select models and choreograph my own piece.
“When I see my friends wearing my outfits I get an enormous sense of pride as I have been working for the last two years to get to this point, and due to COVID last this year we were unable to have a fashion show which makes this one extra special. The fashion show will help me in my further studies because it teaches me how to organise myself and work within a time frame.”
Fellow pupil, Henna Ibrahim, 17, from Newcastle said: “The fashion show is a very important experience as it’s an opportunity to gain knowledge and other skills, from styling to choosing the music. This event has allowed me to have more confidence for my next journey in studying fashion at university, but it also has allowed me to showcase my designs to the school community. After a lot of hard work and the support of my teachers, it all paid off.”
Many NHSG alumni have gone on to enjoy successful careers in fashion, a highly competitive industry that contributes over £29 billion to the UK economy.
Alison Goldie, Head of Art, said: “The NHSG Art and Design Fashion Show 2022 will be an eclectic mix of style and designs. We’ll be showcasing the work of some outstanding students who have very bright futures ahead of them, and providing the next generation of future designers with the opportunity to develop their skills and confidence.
“We’ll also be taking the opportunity to celebrate the creative arts as a whole while bringing the girls’ work into public view.”