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Teesdale sixth form students wow the community with ‘Trashion’ Show!

A group of our sixth form students from Teesdale School hit the catwalk showcasing their creations after working hard after school with designer Kelly Ewing. Bringing life to old, donated materials, the designers each put their own spin on their projects taking inspiration from the likes of the natural eco-system, body image and an old wedding dress.

The show took place at Barnard Castle’s TCR Hub, where the school often host fundraisers and shows, and took place in support of mental health work with young people in the local community. The designers were faced with the challenge of creating their fashion show pieces from pre-loved textiles that had been donated by the local community, and they certainly rose to challenge, with some of them having never sewn before! The group took inspiration from revolutionary work of Vivienne Westwood and the dresses of Josephine Bowes exhibited at the Bowes Museum which they had visited to kickstart their creative process. However, there wasn’t just a fashion show to enjoy as the audience enjoyed a live performance from Teesdale School GCSE music student, Tess, who wowed everyone with her rendition of Adele’s Set Fire to The Rain. As well as being served street food style dishes including loaded fries and homemade chicken nuggets from the Just Cook group. The event was fantastic from start to finish!

Head of School at Teesdale School, Anna Cleckner, said:

“We’re all so proud of the group and all the students involved in the evening, it was a complete success and the atmosphere in the audience confirmed that. I think we’re going to have to start a Sewing Club now!”

Deputy Head of School & Head of Sixth Form, Dr Simon Henderson, said:

“This was another fantastic collaboration between or students and the TCR Hub. Lots of money was raised for a really good cause with students using their creativity to positively impact on the lives of others. A huge well done to all involved.”

Designer Kelly Ewing, said:

“The young people are awe inspiring, they designed and made all their garments with a strong theme that was constant throughout. Many had never used a sewing machine before, by the end they had all acquired new skills I’m sure they will continue to use!”


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