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Designers strut fashion catwalk

NEW College's Phoenix Theatre will come to life this week with a dazzling catwalk show.

This Is Lancashire: Katie Thornett and Louina Sutherland. Katie Thornett and Louina Sutherland.

Fashionation is a showcase of work that more than 150 textiles students have produced over the last year.

Students who have been working on their creations will model their own work, as well as choreographing the display.

"The work on display just gets better every year," said head of art Karen Cox.

"It's an absolute joy to see the students thriving at every stage of the process, from developing their own personal styles to ultimately modelling their garments on the catwalk."

First year student Louina Sutherland, 17, of Old Town, will be modelling two of her own creations, as well as two designed by evening class students.

"I can't wait," she said. "It will be my first time on the catwalk but I'm really excited about being able to model my own outfits."

The outfits on show demonstrate the full range of techniques and processes available in textile construction, such as block printing, silk screening, dying, embroidery, embellishment and felting.

For Vicky Cox, 17, of Faringdon, it will be her second time on the catwalk.

"I work in a bridal shop in Faringdon so I've done some modelling before but I'm really excited about showing off my own creations at Fashionation," she said.

But the grandest outfit will be saved for the finale, courtesy of New College's art technician Philomena Liston, who is taking an evening class in textiles. Philomena will be modelling a show-stopping butterfly dress with a vast wingspan built around a copper wire frame.

"I'm never been one for minimalism," she said. "I started with a copper frame and decorated the wings with recycled shopping bags dyed in autumnal colours."

Philomena is also a professional make-up artist and will be responsible for the weird and wacky hair and make-up designs.

Fashionation will be showing at New College on Thursday and Friday. Matinee performances at 2pm, with tickets costing £2.

Evening shows begin at 8pm. Tickets cost £5 from 01793 611470.

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