Kirklees Youth Enterprise Centre students put on catwalk show with a conscience

The year 13 pupils were briefed to create outfits that tackled issues surrounding the fashion industry and modern life

Jessica Ainley models her creation, called Where has Natural Beauty Gone?

Campaigning issues were put in the spotlight when Huddersfield’s next big fashion gurus held a catwalk show with a difference.

Dozens of A-Level fashion students from Kirklees Youth Enterprise Centre turned heads with their show-stopping designs at the new state of the art building at the Netherhall Learning Campus, which tackled a range of causes close to their hearts.

Racism, a push to value natural beauty and more spiritual lifestyles were woven into the talented youngsters’ designs, which they created as part of their end of year project.

Jessica Ainley chose “where has natural beauty gone” as her theme for her dress, which encouraged the audience to think about rigid beauty ideals placed upon women in the 21st century and Jade Walsh chose to emphasise the need for an end to racism, an issue which she had first-hand experience of.

Meanwhile, Dani Lewis used her designs to protest against use of fur in the industry.

They were joined by Art and Design students who exhibited their work around the room and up and coming young artist, Diana Osmolska, who has recently been awarded funding to start up her art business through the Youth enterprise centre on campus.

Over £100 was also raised for the Kirkwood Hospice.

Director Creative & Media Studio School, Laura Lee, said: “The design of the show, the work that was modelled and the whole production felt slick and professional. All students are a credit to the fashion department and we are so proud of them.”

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