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27 May 2011 / HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS HIT THE RUNWAY

For students at the top-rated school, the annual fashion show is as keenly awaited and scrutinised as any major designer collection. This year the whole school watched the 18 students modelling their own designs, loudly showing their appreciation before returning to class full of debate about their individual ‘favourites'.

Having passed the first test with flying colours, the work will now be displayed at the DesignEd in Cornwall exhibition at Falmouth College at the end of June. In previous years High School students' designs have won ‘Best Textiles Piece in Cornwall'. The girls will be waiting to hear how they have fared this year with almost as much trepidation as the results of their exam results.

Textiles teacher, Gail Wieringa, said: "The students are amazingly creative and the designs are so well made. We are very lucky to be able to print our own fabric using computer aided design which provides really professional results. I hope lots of people will be able to see the work whilst it's being displayed at Falmouth College."

Truro High School offers the only fashion-based further education (post 16) course in Truro. A significant number of students who have studied the course have gained much sought-after places at university and in the fashion and design industry. Last year, for example, one student took up a placement with celebrated bag designer, Anya Hindmarch and another took a place at Ravensbourne, a leading university college that specialises in art and design.

"The showcase created by our textiles students is always so exciting and this year's was fabulous - with a distinct Japanese and Spanish influence," said Truro High Headmistress Caroline Pascoe. "I'm constantly amazed at the originality, artistry and vision the work demonstrates and the quality is excellent."


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