Downe House pupils organise the School’s first Fashion Show and showcase their vibrant creations

25 October 2022

In between Milan and Paris, the world of fashion came to Downe during the Michaelmas term, organised by our Sixth Form students Alice, Eloise and Angera as part of the Fashion and Textiles Society.

“Getting to organise and host the fashion show was extremely rewarding and gave me a sense of accomplishment. From helping all the models go on at their times to making sure everyone was quiet backstage.” Alice (UVI)

The Performing Arts Centre (PAC) was transformed into a fashion runway with soft lights and an excited audience. Upper School and Sixth Form pupils and staff enjoyed an insightful talk and short film about the history of Punk movement in the UK from Eloise (UVI), and how it influenced her EPQ A Level work, she went on to impress the public with her imaginative and bold creations. The audience was then treated to a runway of the A Level and GCSE Art Textiles creations, and the creators were able to see their hard work showcased on the catwalk. This was followed by an exhibit from Downe House alumnae, it was an absolute pleasure to welcome Kezia Dubens and Sophia Donald back to display their own brands. Kezia has created a brand called Ossatura London, where she designs and makes high-end bespoke corsets having studied at Parsons in New York and Paris. Sophia has created a sustainable brand called Ellen Camilla Clothing and is soon to feature her work at Wolf & Badger.

“Gosh I absolutely loved the show! It was so much fun and such good practice for us, it was our first proper fashion show. Everything was amazing, the lights, the runway, the models – the whole production was more than we deserved! It was so nice to go back to Downe, I loved my time there especially anything dance/textiles/drama related, so it was great to do something in the PAC again!” Kezia Dubens (Alumnae), Creator of Ossatura London

It was a wonderful evening with an infectious atmosphere of celebration for all the work on display. The audience clapped and cheered whilst pupils modelled these stunning creations and walked in their very first runway.

“I found the fashion show an amazing experience, the outfits were stunning and going through the practices really helped to build my confidence. It was extremely fun and if it were to happen again, I would be the first to sign up!” Koyinsola (LV)

The Upper School and Sixth Form pupils were keen to put on a Fashion Show to give the Downe House Community the opportunity to showcase the textiles’ work. They also wanted to bring back Downe House alumnae to illustrate the careers available in fashion and textiles industry.

“The fashion show was inspiring for all year groups as younger girls saw what can be achieved during GCSE, A Level and EPQ courses. I felt particularly inspired seeing the small businesses set up by Downe House alumnae, which made me want to continue my textiles journey further. Overall, it was a fascinating and motivational show!” Freya (LVI)

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