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London, New York, Paris, Truro…High School girls are model students

From formal oriental elegance to quirky New York inspired style, Truro High School's GCSE and A Level textiles students faced some stiff critics when they modelled their course work last week.

The whole school was invited to an unusually ‘fashionable’ assembly to see the fabulous outfits inspired by the theme, International Fashion, and were suitably impressed.

“It was so amazing the things they had created!” said year seven student, Gisele, 11. “I particularly liked the oriental dresses – the colour schemes were great and the designer had managed to capture the eastern feel but give it a western twist.”

The show was organised by course teacher, Gail Wieringa, who worked in the fashion industry before turning her talents to teaching.

She said: “The girls produce excellent work every year and this was no exception. We had such a variety of dresses: one a tribute to old-style Hollywood… very Audrey Hepburn; one with a nautical Parisienne/Chanel feel; another inspired by Versace and a long silver dress along the lines of early 20th century French designer, Madeleine Vionnet, remembered for being part of the revolution that modernised women’s clothes.”

The idea behind the show was two-fold – firstly to promote the course amongst the younger students and secondly to get some feedback for the students about their designs. It seems to have achieved the objective.

“We’ve all been discussing the show and which our favourite designs were,” said Gisele. “We all liked a different dress best but agreed that, essentially, they were all brilliant.”

GCSE textiles students, Maddie, 15, and Maisie, 16, agreed that it had been hard work but definitely worth it.

“It’s such a creative subject,” said Maisie. “I chose it because I like the designing side and I could have something tangible at the end of all the work.”

“I saw it as a fantastic opportunity to do something I’m really interested in,” said Maddie. “I love fashion and clothing!”

All 18 students are now revising hard for the written section of their exam, due to take place next month.


Published by: Darren Stevens

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