THEY say today’s newspapers become tomorrow’s fish and chip wrappers.
But Kirklees College students found a way of putting old copies of the Examiner to much better use.
The group used their favourite newspaper to create some fashion masterpieces.
And they turned into models to show off their weird and wonderful creations on the catwalk.
They showed off their efforts in front of 200 staff and students during the event held at the Galpharm Stadium.
The health and social care students from the Dewsbury and Huddersfield campuses were tasked with unique project as part of their course.
Dawn Jepson, a learner success team leader who helped organise the catwalk challenge, said: “In teams they were given a carrier bag of ten Examiner newspapers, some Sellotape and staples and told to create two outfits.
“They gave themselves designer names and took to the catwalk to model their creations.
“They were absolutely brilliant. They got just 30 minutes to create the brief and had no idea we were going to get them to do this until they turned up at the Galpharm!”
Many of the students from the 450-strong department had never met before and staff felt the challenge would be a good way for them to improve their teamwork skills to prepare them for future jobs.
Dawn said: “At this time of year there are students who have left their courses and number of unemployed people down at the job centre shoots up.
“The whole idea of the day came about as a way of inspiring them to stay at college and see it in a more positive, fun light.
“And health and social care is about teamwork, so whatever profession the students go into they will have to have skills like this.
“The day was also confidence building because they had to work with people they would not normally work with.”
Despite having just minutes to fashion their outfits, students managed to come up with some pretty imaginative results.
A splash of colour and old Christmas decorations helped the outfits sparkle on the runway.
Highlights included fairies complete with paper wings, a tin man and even a bride and groom.
Dawn said: “They looked fantastic and really enjoyed themselves walking up and down the catwalk to music, there was a real buzz about the place.
“They were so creative and came up with some absolutely amazing, really flamboyant and colourful costumes.
“We had a spring collection with fairies with paper wings on their backs and a great tin man with a tall hat.
“The winning couple were the bride and groom. The bride’s gown had a full train with the newspapers all fanned out and even a bouquet of flowers!”