Fashion students selected to showcase work in support of refugee charities

04 January 2016

Three of our BA (Hons) Fashion students are being given the chance to showcase their work before two leading figures in international media, as part of a unique fundraising fashion event.

On 29 January, the University of York’s Central Hall will be hosting a charity fashion show featuring the designs of young people from a number of regional colleges and universities.

The Northern Youth Fashion Show, in aid of two refugee charities, will be attended by Katharine Viner, Editor-in-Chief of The Guardian and Anna Wintour, Editor-in-Chief of American Vogue and Artistic Director of Condé Nast.

The event has been organised by HARD Magazine, a fashion publication at the University of York, and will not only showcase the designs of students from universities across the region, but will also raise vital funds to support refugees. Tickets for the event cost £30 and £15 for students and are available at here 

Leeds College of Art BA (Hons) Fashion students Chloe Vickers, Amy Thomson and Anna Twyford submitted their competition entries comprising of designs, illustrations, concepts and inspirations informing their designs. We caught up with the three of them to hear more about their work and how they felt about being selected.

Chloe Vickers said:-

“I'm really excited that my work is being shown in the Northern Youth Fashion Show, it’s a massive and valuable opportunity! This is something most can only dream of. I think it’s important to grab any opportunity available, there's never anything to lose and maybe a lot to gain, even if it seems unlikely. I submitted to Northern Youth thinking I wouldn't hear back, and now I've been selected for the show. Self-belief is really important!”

Chloe Vickers

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"My GEO garment, which is inspired by tessellation. The garment consists of numerous sections with zips around all edges; the pieces can be zipped together in a multitude of ways to create lots of shapes and silhouettes. It’s almost impossible to create the same look twice!"

Anna Twyford's work - Menswear Tailored Jacket:-

"Principally inspired by Tommy Nutter, Jockey uniforms and contemporary faux fur pioneer Hannah Weiland, I designed and constructed a menswear tailored jacket. Working with an array of fabrics, exploring textural combinations and juxtaposing colour palettes enabled me to experiment with a sector of the industry which is becoming increasingly prominent. I was delighted when this piece was selected to be showcased in the Northern Youth Fashion Show, a prestigious platform for emerging designers based and studying in the North of England." 

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Amy Thomson said:-

“I have approached the competition brief looking at natural and organic fashion design and processes. My design idea is based on an old botanical green house. Therefore the dress will be very transparent bringing dashes of colour through the design from the inspiration from a photo from Derbyshire countryside. The top of the garment is based on hand rendered techniques of embroidery. This will include free machine stitching and later cutting to create layers of detail. The bottom of the dress will have a very natural finish to the design through top stitching but in a free machine design way like the top half bringing the design together as one. The skirt will all be dip dyed and layered up informing tree root shapes following a specific colour theme of yellow, brown and a burnt orange/red.”

Amy Thompson“I am very excited about being chosen and getting involved along with eager to get into making the design, it’s always nice to try something new and be able to work in the way you want to. This is opening up opportunities to work in other departments of the university to make my garment like later cutting and the dye lab that is giving myself more skills. I can't wait to see everyone else's interpretation of the brief and excited for the event come together as a whole and hopefully get to meet some new people. I am just honoured and over the moon to be chosen in such a good event.” 

Proceeds from The Northern Youth Fashion Show will be split between the Xavier Project, which runs schools, creates jobs, and offers mentoring schemes to some of the biggest refugee communities in the world and Refugee Action York, which plays a pivotal role in integrating refugees in the local area. 

Students from the University of York, the University of Sunderland, Leeds College of Art, Newcastle College, Hull College, the University of Central Lancashire, Liverpool John Moores University, and Leeds Beckett University will all be taking part. 

Tickets for the event are available here A champagne reception and live music performances are included in the evening’s programme.

A “Ticket And A Tin” option is also available, with tickets priced at £10, but purchasers must include the donation of a tin of food to go to a York foodbank.