Clothes Show Live

On Friday 04 December students studying GCSE Textiles visited the 2015 Clothes Show Live at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham. We left Lyme Regis at about 6.45am to ensure that we got there with plenty of time to look around and enjoy everything that there was to do. W arrived at the NEC at about 9.45am. This left us with lots of time before we had to regroup on the coach for the return journey at 3.45pm.

Upon arrival we split up into groups of two or three and set about organising what everyone wanted to see and what interested them most. We started our day by visiting the fashion section which was very large and full of stalls. Many of the items on sale also featured in the main fashion show. There were many deals on the clothing and many different styles, catering for a wide variety of people. There was also a chance to make things such as bags and Liberty fabric flower badges, which was great fun and also gave you something to take home at the end of the day.

Next, we looked at the collages who were exhibiting. They had many amazing pieces of clothing and unique items on display that students had made. This was especially helpful to anyone wanting to go on to study fashion and textiles in further education. All the items were very different and varied largely. This also gave us a good opportunity to collect prospectuses from the colleges and talk to students and tutors who were present at the show.

After this it was time for the main fashion show. We took our seats at 12.30pm eagerly waiting for the show to start. I especially liked how many of the looks shown were from clothing on the high street. This meant that you could easily recreate the looks at home and at affordable prices. We were amazed by the different themes each of the fashion houses used to showcase their creations. It was a lot of fun to watch and has given us some fantastic ideas.

Once the fashion show had finished we visited the beauty section. Everyone was very helpful there and very approachable. Celebrities such as Joey Essex and Jamie Laing were also there available to for an autograph and to talk to which was very exciting. After this, we all regrouped tired but inspired from the day. We arrived back at a good time of about 7pm.

Overall, the experience was very useful towards my course and I would love to go again next year.

Shannon Crawford, Year 10



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