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Talented students unveil spectacular creations

Fashion student Charlie Dempster with her wedding dress design

Creative students from Sunderland College will be wowing the crowds when they unveil their unique and innovative work at their end of year exhibition.

Photography and fashion students are showcasing their inspirational pieces to the public as they mark the completion of their course and celebrate a new chapter in their lives.

The end of year show will be the first held at the college’s new state-of-the-art visual and performing facilities, and students are busily adding the final touches to their exhibition before its grand opening on Thursday.

From enchanted forest and Addams Family themes to pit village-inspired photos, the show comprises of dozens of exhibits from BTEC Level 3 Fashion and Foundation Degree Applied Photography students.

Budding costume designer and fashion student Amy Loscombe, aged 19, has spent the last year researching, designing and making an 1800s-style dress after she was inspired by the character of Miss Haversham in Charles Dickens’ classic novel Great Expectations.

Using ten different types of fabric to create the Dickensian look, Amy, from Houghton-le-Spring, is pleased with the final result. She said: “It has taken a year to complete this piece of work, and to finally see it on display is a proud feeling. I’m really happy with the outcome and I’m looking forward to the exhibition opening and for people to view my work.

“My piece is a theatrical garment, rather than a fashion design, so it’s different from a lot of the other pieces on display. I want to be a costume designer, so taking part in this type of final project has given me lots of experience which I can use in future works and projects.”

Nineteen-year-old Charlie Dempster incorporated an enchanted forest and fairytale theme into her fishtail wedding dress design, embellished with organza flowers.

Charlie, from High Barnes in Sunderland, is planning to study an interior design degree at university and hopes to set-up her own company one day.

She added: “As part of our course, we visited a wedding dress exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London last year and that’s what inspired me to design the dress. I was also inspired by Jean Paul Gaultier who has used mythical creatures in some of his designs and I love the idea of the enchanted garden.

“We’ve all put in so much hard work and lots of hours to finish our projects, and it’s so exciting to finally have them on display.”

Mike Jaques, curriculum leader for visual arts, said: “The end of year show is a fantastic opportunity for the students to come together to celebrate their achievements, and of course, to showcase their talents to the outside world.

“The students have produced high-quality, outstanding work which they have dedicated countless hours to. These pieces have been a labour of love for them and it is very rewarding for them to finally reveal their creations to the general public.”

Students on visual and performing arts courses moved to their new multi-million pound facilities at Bede campus last September.

The new development features a theatre; film screening room; media/TV, drama, dance, art, and fashion and clothing studio; two industry standard recording studios; a music technology suite; photography studio; dark room and film processing facilities.

The end of year show’s opening night will take place on Thursday 11 June at the college’s Visual and Performing Arts building from 6-8pm. The show will then run from Friday 12 June until Friday 19 June, Monday to Friday, from 9am-4pm. Entry is free. Visitors are asked to report to main reception at Bede campus.

Sunderland College’s visual arts department will also be holding its end of year show on Thursday 25 June, featuring works by art and graphic design students.

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