Barnsley College Fashion students’ clothing collection at the Great Yorkshire Show.

Barnsley College Fashion students’ clothing collection at the Great Yorkshire Show.

Barnsley College Fashion students’ Egyptian inspired designs stormed the Kuoni catwalk at the Great Yorkshire Show.

Over the last year our second year Fashion students have been working tirelessly to create incredible designs inspired by ancient Egypt, taking the Egyptian exhibition at Experience Barnsley and Cooper Gallery as inspiration. Before starting the project the students got the chance to speak with Barnsley-born Egyptologist, Professor Joann Fletcher, a former student at the College, who discussed in detail her exhibitions at Experience Barnsley.

“It is these types of opportunities that set our students apart and give them the professional experience they will use later in their careers.”

Professor Fletcher enabled students to understand the complexities of ancient Egypt and how different social classes approached fashion. Students then used this information to develop their range of garment designs and textile samples.

The Egyptian collection held its own on the catwalk it shared with collections from well-known designers such as John Lewis, Barbour and Yorkshire hill farmer Alison O’Neill. Being a modern take on ancient Egyptian fashion and incorporating bold colours, prints and tailoring, the clothing was a great contrast to the country lifestyle looks and received praise from audiences at the show.

Amy Basry, Art and Design teacher at Barnsley College, said: “After recently being chosen as finale pieces at the Andrew Barton hosted Beehives, Bobs and Blow-dries charity ball, we were delighted to have the pieces selected for the Great Yorkshire Show, it is these types of opportunities that set our students apart and give them the professional experience they will use later in their careers.”

Kay Conway, Art and Design Course Leader, added: “We are tremendously proud of the students for their hard work on this collection and look forward to seeing more from them at future catwalk shows.”

Last updated: 18th July 2018

Originally posted on: 17th July 2018