Students create 1920s glamour for fashion show

Students create 1920s glamour for fashion show  
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A group of fashion students at Northumberland College have been approached to design and produce a range of themed accessories for this year’s Miss Newcastle competition, for the second year running.

The year's theme is The Great Gatsby and students have created a range of accessories depicting the ostentatious glamour of the 1920s. Using a colour palette of black, gold and silver with accents of colour they have produced hair pieces, bags and jewellery.

Student, Shane Donnelly, 26 from Bedlington said: "It is a fantastic opportunity, not only to see our pieces come to life on the catwalk but to meet people in the business too. You never know what opportunities may arise as a result of this show.

"I was approached by the winner of last year's Miss Newcastle, Shannen Steinson, to create outfits for her quest to become Miss England 2014. I created a puffball dress using pages from Catherine Cookson novels."

Fashion lecturer Rachel Burns said: "We were thrilled to be given the opportunity by Tyne Tees Models to work on a live project and I'm so proud of the progress the students have made and the artwork they have produced."

The Level 3 Art and Design Diploma in Fashion and Textiles students Shane Donnelly, India Shaw, Bethany Metcalfe, Lana Stewart and Rebecca Maddison have also volunteered to help out backstage on the night, dressing the models to make sure the accessories look the way they had envisaged.

The entrants will wear black leotards to emphasis the accessories in the competition which will be held at Newcastle Civic Centre on Friday 6 June.

To find out more about the range of art, design and fashion courses at Northumberland College visit, email or call 01670 841200.