Fantastic Fashion Show 2022

Throughout the last half of term, Headington School’s Festival of Creativity has been in full swing.

The School has had visiting artists and designers leading workshops in ceramics, natural photography and architectural model making but also workshops led by specialists within the creative arts faculty, which included an animation day, weaving workshops, printing and paper sculpture workshops and a rocket car competition at another school.

On Thursday 31st March, the Creative Arts Faculty hosted a private view of the current exhibition of student work alongside a wonderful fashion show.

Proceedings were kicked off with a performance by local dance company, the Mini Professionals Dance Academy. Their squad of elite performers, including one of Headington’s Upper 6th dance scholars, set the tone and energy levels for what was to come.

The first models onto the catwalk were a group of talented Year 6 pupils from the Prep School. Their ‘Make do and Mend’ projects displayed ingenuity and creativity as they repurposed old unwanted garments into fabulous new pieces.

Next up, U4 girls showcased some amazing paper garments following a one-day workshop. They spent the day folding, pleating and twisting 2D paper into 3D. U4 dancers took to the stage alongside the models performing a piece of choreography which responded to body cells and structures.

U5 captivated the audience with their coursework creations, a really diverse range of outfits, spanning a wide range of themes, showing off both their skills and their creativity.

Headington’s first Eco textiles A Level cohort displayed a range of Kimonos they designed themselves, inspired by the new sustainable fashion course. The girls re-purposed discarded bed linen, which was then hand dyed using natural dye extracts or bio-waste products, printed with environmentally friendly print pastes in traditional Japanese craft methods. Students reimagined ancient textile techniques in a more contemporary form.

The final section of the show was a breathtaking collaboration between U6 Fashion Textiles students and L6 Music technology student, Gray. The bespoke music composed by Gray beautifully echoed the themes seen in the fashion. A culmination of two years’ work, effervescing with style, skill and intelligent design. Themes ranged from the architectural to ethereal. This was a wonderful way to celebrate the hard work these students have put in over the last two years.

Mrs Tova Dalgleish, Director of Art, said: “We are so proud of this cohort, Textiles and Fine Art students, who have been offered places at some of the top institutes in the world, including The Ruskin at Oxford University, London College of Fashion, Chelsea, Ravensbourne and the University of Texas. We are in no doubt that some of these students will be the art and fashion faces of the future.”

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