Stardust: The Morley Catwalk Show

Morley College London is pleased to announce that their annual Catwalk Show, showcasing the work of Fashion, Jewellery and Textiles students, will be held on Thursday 5 July as part of the Planets Festival of Arts and Culture.

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HND Fashion student Claire Basso’s sketches for her final collection

The show, which is entitled “Stardust” as part of the Festival, celebrates the end of the academic year and features completed work by students from the College’s Level 2 Jewellery Certificate, the Textiles Foundation Diploma, and the Access and HND Fashion courses.

In keeping with the Festival theme, the pieces on display have been created in response to the students’ individual investigations of the planets, including our own, and our place among the stars. The result is a series of fully realised textiles, accessories and garments, worn by professional models on the catwalk in the College’s beautiful Emma Cons Hall.

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Jewellery by Dawna King

The show presents a special opportunity to see the early work of the fashion, jewellery and textile designers of the future, who represent a wide range of backgrounds and cultures and follow in the footsteps of previous College alumni – students who graduated from the College’s Access to Fashion programme have gone on to study at a higher level with such respected institutions as Central Saint Martins, London College of Fashion and RADA.

The students have honed their skills in the design and execution of their ideas using fundamental techniques that have empowered them to develop their own mini-collections, and which will serve them well as they develop their careers.

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Work by Design winner Soraya Matas-Ruiz

“The tutors really cared about us and pushed us to do well. I’ve spoken very highly about Morley to everyone, because it’s just such a positive place to be. I haven’t studied anywhere like this before and I’ve really enjoyed it.” – Maybelle Laye, Access to HE: Fashion

In addition to presenting their work on the Catwalk, participants also compete for the award in Avant Garde design, which recognises the student who creates the most innovative collection of the show. Last year's winner, Soraya Matas-Ruiz, was recognised for her ingenious use of textiles combined with historical silhouettes to achieve a thoroughly modern, futurist collection.

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Textile by Alison Barratt

About Morley College London

Morley College London is one of the UK’s largest and oldest specialist providers of adult education. Founded by Emma Cons in 1889 to address the learning needs of working people, Morley was the first institution of its kind to admit both men and women on an equal footing. This sense of mission and spirit of inclusion continues to be a distinguishing feature of the College to the present day.

Today the College offers nearly 3,000 courses at all levels, from part-time personal development courses to Access to Higher Education diplomas and HNDs, with arts subjects being particularly well-represented. The College has particularly strong ties to the worlds of music and performing arts, having been originally based in what is now the Old Vic. The College recently took over the management of the Stockwell Community Centre to extend its educational reach in Lambeth even further.

About the Morley Festival of Arts and Culture

The Morley Festival is a celebration of the arts, being held at the College’s main centre on Westminster Bridge Road and various other London venues between 27 June and 14 July. The Festival this year has an overall theme of “Planets”, in recognition of the centenary of the first performance of Holst’s Planets Suite.

Noteworthy events at the Festival, in addition to the Catwalk Show, include the premiere of a specially commissioned arrangement of Holst’s Suite for four pianos and eight players; the unveiling of a new art piece by Turner Prize-winning artist Elizabeth Price; a screening of BBC4's biographic film Holst: In the Bleak Midwinter, with a Q&A session with director Tony Palmer; and a very unconventional concert from experimental ensemble The Instant Orchestra led by Radio 3’s Late Junction presenter Max Reinhardt.