Photo gallery: Paston College’s fashion and art show attracts hundreds

Paston College fashion show. A-level and BTEC fashion and textile tutor Sue Rainsford celebrates the

Paston College fashion show. A-level and BTEC fashion and textile tutor Sue Rainsford celebrates the shows success.PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Fashions and works of art created by more than 100 students went on show to admiring families, friends and visitors when Paston College staged its annual show last week.

The young people are all studying for A levels or BTech qualifications in photography, fine art, graphics or textiles and the event featured two fashion shows and a display of varied art works.

This year's show, held last Thursday and Saturday, once again attracted several hundreds of visitors and each of the fashion shows, staged in the college theatre, was packed - with people standing at the sides to watch.

Matt Phelps, head of visual arts at the North Walsham-based sixth-form college, said the event was the highlight of the department's year.

'We try to create a professional environment where students can show their work - we don't want their work 'bunged up' any old how.

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'We take a pride in the way it's presented and that helps them when they go on to degree courses,' said Mr Phelps.

Each year students went abroad to view contemporary art and this year's visit, to see an exhibition of fashion photography at the Huis Marseille gallery, in Amsterdam, had heavily influenced the staging for this year's fashion show, with mirrors and reflections playing a key role.

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Students were responsible for all aspects of the show, including the choreography, music and set designs.

Paston principal Kevin Grieve said he had been 'absolutely amazed' at the quality of the artwork and fashion show, and the way it had all been presented.

'I was stunned by it. It was stylish stuff and the fashion show was as good as, if not better, than anything on a London catwalk,' said Mr Grieve.

Visitor Neil Powell, vice chancellor of Norwich University of the Arts, had also been very impressed with the students' overall artwork and had commented on its quality, said Mr Phelps. More than 20 of this year's students were going on to study art in higher education and last year one BTech student, Luke Webster, had landed a job with Sheringham architects SMG.

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