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February 14

Deconstructed: Blackheath High School Fashion Show 2019

Blackheath High School senior students demonstrated extraordinary creativity on Wednesday at our annual Fashion Show.

Falling just before London Fashion Week, the students were involved in every aspect of making and showcasing an ambitious collection of chic individual garments and innovative motifs. 

The annual exhibition which was originally opened by Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen featured creative contributions from over 80 students across the school in roles of designers, models, performers, film makers, hair & make-up artists and technical support.

The annual Fashion Show provides girls with an opportunity to showcase their creativity in areas of fashion design and textiles, the latter of which Blackheath High School is a specialist in teaching. As part of this focus the school has on occasion welcomed designers such as Jane Bowler to run workshops with the students.

Using the skills attained at the school as a launching pad, many students have gone on to study at world-renowned arts and design college Central St Martins in recent years. 

Student Eve gained a place at the highly regarded Kingston Architectural Summer School last year at Hauser & Wirth in Somerset on the strength of her Textiles portfolio. Eve’s playful and exciting ‘REconSTRUCTURE’ collection exploring themes of sustainability closed last Wednesday’s show.

Imogen Gilbert, Art Teacher at Blackheath High School said: “The annual Fashion Show provides a great opportunity for the girls to use their creativity in harnessing the skills they have picked up in their Art and Textiles classes. 

“Every year the designs are of a high standard but this year the girls really blew me away in terms of their ambition and execution.”

Head, Carol Chandler-Thompson, said: “One of the great outcomes from our recent £18 million school redevelopment was the creation of the new art and textiles studios.

"It was wonderful to see the students take advantage of the new state-of-the-art resources you’d normally expect to find at a university at their disposal and put on such a brilliant show.” 

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