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12 May 2014 / TRURO HIGH SCHOOL FASHIONISTAS GREETED WITH WILD APPLAUSE

Resounding applause greeted Truro High School's talented ‘A' level and GCSE designers as they showcased two years' Textiles' study with a fashion show.

The appreciative audience of students, staff and some parents, dubbed the annual event the best ever after seeing a diverse and exciting collection of outstanding work modelled by pupils from all age groups.

Taking to Truro High's catwalk were pieces inspired by the sea, Aztec and Indian culture, Venetian and Brazilian carnival, a Pop Art shift dress influenced by the Eden Project's Seed sculpture, a contemporary Kimono and a piece motivated by Alfred Hitchcock's classic horror movie, The Birds.

The girls had used a variety of styles and media including their own print designs, beading, shells, feathers, machine and hand embroidery and, on a dress for a toy mouse sitting in the pocket of a child's dungarees, a scratch-and-sniff feature.

GCSE Textiles requires each student to design and create one piece whilst ‘A' level students produce a collection of five garments and one interior piece. The work is supported by research and experimentation to demonstrate a learning journey.

To continue Textiles beyond ‘A' level, most students complete a foundation course before applying to college. However, Year 13 Truro High School student Lucy Matthews' portfolio of work shows such talent and potential she has been offered a place to begin studying at the prestigious London College of Fashion in the autumn.

Truro High Textiles' teacher, Gail Wieringa, said: "The work both GCSE and ‘A' level pupils have produced over the two year course is outstanding. The range of styles and variety of techniques they have used shows real talent and ability and I'm very proud of them all."


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