Fashion students weave their magic

Fashion students across all levels of courses on offer at Alton College (A level, BTEC and Foundation degree) attended the event at Winchester School of Art at which they were in competition with students from a number of local colleges. The students worked in two teams, one of which finished second overall in the competition, to design and produce a range of fashion items. College students were teamed up with first year students from Winchester to work together, and find out more about being an art student at Higher Education level. The judging panel had varying experience in fashion design, consisting of Winchester School of Art tutors, the Mayor of Winchester and designer Reem Alasadi, and judged each group on a variety of factors including working as a team in addition to the actual design and production aspects.

Reem Alasadi was so impressed with the Alton College students work that she offered to come to campus and do a bespoke workshop day with them. At the competition day she said the students' designs were 'the best and compare to Comme des Garcons. They are bang up to minute, wearable and I would buy them’.

Gayle Bicknell, Teacher of Textiles, said: 'An amazing time was had by all. I am very proud of all their hard work, and particularly pleased that Reem Alasadi considered them the best in the competition as she is an inspirational designer.'

Reem Alasadi is an Iraqi-born British fashion designer whose style is often described as ‘British punk and recycled materials moulded into voluminous and voluptuous Victorian-inspired dresses'. She visited College recently to work with fashion students exploring design and production, and amazing opportunity to get hands on with an industry expert.

Find out more about studying Art at Alton College here