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Truro High designers take to the catwalk

Truro High School’s talented A Level and GCSE designers celebrated two years’ worth of Textiles study with a showcase of their work at their annual fashion show. 

Greeted by rounds of applause from an audience of students, staff and some parents, girls from across the school modelled an innovative and vibrant collection of outstanding work alongside the designers themselves.

Taking to Truro High’s catwalk were pieces inspired by West Side Story, Indonesian culture and Americana, Tristram and Isolde, Miss Havisham from Great Expectations, 60s inspired outfits which could be sold at a music festival and a collection of costumes which formed the main cast wardrobe for the school production of ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’.

The girls had used a variety of styles and media including appliqué, an extensive use of the school’s CAD CAM transfer printing facilities, free machine and hand embroidery and, a hobble skirt involving hand painted silk influenced by the Opera Turandot.  

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.

As a result of their portfolios, Year 13 students Kitty Rowland and Alice Soutar have both been accepted on courses at two of the country’s top fashion colleges: London College of Fashion and Manchester School of Art.

Truro High Textiles’ teacher, Gail Wieringa, said: “The fashion show represents the culmination of a year’s work for our students and in standing back and looking at it on the catwalk I’m always tremendously proud of the talent we have at the school. I’m absolutely amazed at how professional the girls’ work looks.”

Owner of Plum Boutique and High School parent, Sam Salvoni, was so impressed by the Year 10 pieces that she has decided to display a selection of them in her shop window in the centre of Truro.

Published by: Grace Kennard

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