Nelson and Colne College students and staff have taken part in the Stand Up to Cancer fashion show, hosted by the Colne and West Craven Fundraisers.

Colne and West Craven Fundraisers recently held a Stand Up to Cancer fashion show at the Colne Golf Club. The fundraising group approached Nelson and Colne College’s Art and Design department to provide a fashion show of student-made garments, to be shown alongside beautiful clothes from local fashion outlets Kimora and Domvielle, both located in Barrowford. Students on the Art and Design pathway modelled their own and other students’ creations, whilst those on the Photography and Media pathway were on hand to film the event.

The College’s Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy departments also stepped up to help. The departments offered stunning make-up and hair techniques for the models to complement their garments, making sure that every model looked and felt their best for the show.

Prior to the show, the students had a dress rehearsal with the College’s Fashion and Textiles tutor Simone French. This gave them the opportunity to perfect their catwalk poses and timings to the music.

Joanne Hadcroft, Curriculum Leader for Art and Design, introduced each student on the night with a short explanation of the techniques and inspiration behind each garment. She said, “The show was flawless, and the students performed admirably. We’re all very proud of everyone who took part.”

The fashion show was a huge opportunity for students to get a real taste of a variety of careers. The Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy students had the ability to experience working to a very targeted specification and audience, whilst working under immense pressure to get everything exactly right. The Photography and Media students experienced the trials and tribulations of filming a real event, and the Art and Design students sampled life as models, creator of catwalk fashion pieces, and so much more!

Margaret Cannon, Secretary for the Colne and West Craven Fundraisers, said, “The students modelled some amazing creations. They looked so professional; they were confident, well poised and looked as though they were enjoying themselves. At the end of the show, I was speechless! I felt quite overcome and extremely proud. Such tremendous talent, all local, and what a terrific outlook for the future. All the students added such a great atmosphere to the evening – their enthusiasm, they were all so polite, and of course they looked fab. The students are certainly a credit to Nelson and Colne College.”

The evening raised a fantastic £814.73 for Cancer Research UK, adding to the national Stand Up to Cancer campaign.