Fashion show a huge success at Cotswold School

Cotswold School pupil Cara Wareing (left), winner of the George Davies prize for Best Overall Collection, Immortality, modelled by students Shai Sykes, Georgie Bridge-Edwards and Martha Orr

Fashion show judges left to right: Helen Kempson, Amy Minchin, George Davies and Sophie Ryder.

Beth O'Brien models for collection: Le Cirque Des Vêtements in ring-master inspired design

First published in News Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Photograph of the Author by

SIXTH formers at The Cotswold School proved themselves to be model pupils when they took to the catwalk at the Bourton-on-the-Water school’s annual Fashion Show.

The event, which has been on the school calendar since the 1950s, requires talented students to design and make their own collections.

This year a huge name from the fashion industry, George Davies agreed to join the judging panel. Mr Davies is the creator of high street brands including Next, George of Asda and Per Una for Marks and Spencer’s.

He told students: “I was designing at your age but I could never have produced what you have tonight.”

The event also helped to raise over £1600 for charity Gloucestershire Domestic Violence Support and Advocacy Project (GDVSAP).

Julie Franklin, textiles teacher said: “The annual fashion show is always a sell-out event and it showcases the wonderful, exciting work our students produce. “ It also provides our sixth formers with valuable experience in producing an important school show. I never fail to be impressed by the maturity and hard work shown by our designers and organisers.”

There were several prizes on the night. The George Davies Prize for Best Overall Collection was awarded to student Cara Wareing for her silver, white and gold collection.

She received a sewing machine and a week’s work experience at Mr Davies’ design company.

Special technical ability prize was awarded on the night by Mr Best catwalk show was Le Cirque Des Vêtements, a collection of circus inspired clothes brought to life in a slickly performed catwalk performance, with excellent graphics and well selected music.

Best single piece to Yasse Saidi for a beautiful yarn gown from her ‘Fairies in the Forest’ collection.

Best model was Eva Shoemark for her polished performance on the catwalk as a model in the ‘War of the Worlds’ collection.

The show was co-ordinated by sixth formers Alice Bayliss, Camille Smith, Amy Bowen and Emily Bon.


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