Winchester students fashion designs dazzle experts

Basingstoke Gazette: Abi Birks' designs are modelled on the catwalk at Winchester School of Art Abi Birks' designs are modelled on the catwalk at Winchester School of Art

THESE designs make Christmas jumpers look obsolete.

A variety of knitwear was on show at Winchester School of Art’s gala fashion show on Thursday night (July 11), including jumpers, cardigans, summer dresses and even a burka, alongside other fine and funky outfits.

It was the culmination of a three-day festival of fashion featuring designs from the school as well as other countries including China, Canada and Finland.

Co-organiser Amanda Bragg-Mollison, programme leader in fashion marketing, said the final show was a selection of some of the best in-house and international designs.

She said: “This is a culmination of day one and two of the festival; a selection of designs from a School of Art show on day one and an international show on day two.

“It’s been a brilliant festival and a fantastic opportunity to showcase fashion and a brilliant way to get young people interested in a career in the industry.”

The festival also brought top names from the fashion world to the city, including keynote speaker Roger Saul, founder of Mulberry.

Ms Bragg-Mollison added the school was delighted to have Mr Saul present a talk at the event.

She said: “We were over the moon to have somebody so influential from such an outstanding label come here.”

All three catwalk shows were professionally produced and sponsored by Guillaume Vappereau Hair Studio and Bobbi Brown make-up and beauty.

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