A Newcastle independent school has staged its first fashion show since the onset of Covid.
More than 80 pupils at Newcastle High School for Girls (NHSG) took part in the 6 April event, not only designing the wares on the catwalk but also taking care of the staging, music, lighting, and planning.
One catwalk showcased the work of girls from years nine through to 12, while the main event saw audience members – including staff, pupils, parents, and the general public – enjoy four final year collections from NHSG’s textile design A-level cohort.
“We showcased the work of some outstanding students who have very bright futures ahead of them and provided the next generation of future designers with the opportunity to develop their skills and confidence,” said head of art, Alison Goldie.
“We also took the opportunity to celebrate the creative arts as a whole, while bringing the girls’ work into public view,” she added.
Pupils will be looking to follow in the stitching steps of NHSG alumna, Fiona Sinha, a designer who co-founded her own label and went on to work for Alexander McQueen.
One of them, 18-year-old Rebecca McGowan, said: “Taking part in the fashion show is important to me as it is a little taster into the fashion industry; I get to create my own outfits, choose music, select models and choreograph my own piece. The show will help me in my further studies because it teaches me how to organise myself and work within a time frame.
“When I see my friends wearing my outfits, I get an enormous sense of pride, as I have been working for the last two years to get to this point. Due to Covid last year we were unable to have a fashion show, which makes this one extra special.”