Stylish students gear up for Fashion in the City
The budding fashionistas are putting the finishing touches to their designs, which will be shown at the on-trend Autumn/Winter catwalk shows, which last year attracted more than 25,000 people.
The students have been involved in every aspect of the week-long event – held in locations all over the city between September 9 and 17 – from photoshoots to modelling, producing cutting edge designs to analysing future trends.
The style bonanza is seen as a launch pad for future careers as well as giving invaluable hands-on fashion experience – including video production, promotion, event management, make-up and even window dressing.
Two PCA graduates now have paid internships with Plymouth-based company Agenda to support in delivering this years event.
Kate Nesbitt, Acting Events and Marketing Manager of Plymouth City Centre Company said: “Fashion in the City could not happen without the hard work and dedication of the Plymouth College of Art students.
“The event is gaining a reputation for cutting edge style, new trends and delivering the fashion talent of the future.
“It’s not only a springboard to a new career – it also teaches the students valuable lessons about the world of fashion. Lessons they couldn’t learn in a classroom.”
The final weekend of the event will feature catwalk shows in Drake Circus Shopping Centre, which last year saw an amazing 45,000 people taking to social media.
The runway this year will feature work by four PCA graduates showcasing their final collections - as well as some of the latest Autumn and Winter trends from retailers all over the city.
The shows will also include stylist advice, hair and beauty demos and with top designs, catwalk coups and the latest in High Street fashion, organisers are hoping to promote Plymouth as a premier shopping, as well as holiday, destination - with huge brands, big labels and heaps of Devon glamour.
Organised jointly by Plymouth City Centre Company and the event’s main sponsor Drake Circus - other attractions include special fashion brunches in local cafes, bars and restaurants.
There will also be colourful and eye-catching window displays courtesy of the PCA students and a fashion photography exhibition – Fashion in Focus - at venues around the city.
So, with handbags full of lust-haves, ground-breaking, cutting edge fashion from the region’s best new design talent and thrilling runway shows, forget Paris or Milan – Plymouth is the new capital for fashionistas.