8th July 2013
Three weeks ago we were set a task to organise a Textiles event to lead us into our A2 coursework. We decided to include a Textiles exhibition and a Fashion show in aid of Jersey Hospice Care, to showcase GCSE, AS and A2 work. We wanted to raise funds, as well as learning the skills required to pull off a successful evening.
Originally we formed the idea of a monochrome theme for the show, and started making our own pieces to go along side previous outfits we’d made. We agreed to have three sections for the catwalk; Hospice clothes, coloured clothes made by students, and for the finale, the monochrome theme again showing clothes made by students. Liberty Spears sang and Isabel Osbourne played piano in between the sections, giving the models time to change.
Due to the lack of time it was decided to focus more on the organisation of the event rather than extra clothing. During the three weeks we learnt how much there was to organise. Having to find models and helpers proved more difficult than we first envisaged, due to other peoples commitments and the short notice. A week before the Fashion show we went down to the local Jersey Hospice shop, as we wanted to show people that quality garments are available at very good prices and can be easily be styled with items of your own. This experience was exciting as we got to meet new people and find interesting pieces; however being responsible for the clothing proved to be stressful as we had to make sure it was returned in pristine condition.
Other areas that had to be organised included music, lighting, staging, materials for the displays, refreshments for visitors and those taking part and publicising the event. We were grateful that Hospice put us in touch with Gabrielle Robbe, who gave up her time to choreograph and rehearse with our models before the show. She was a great person to work with and enthused the models.
On the day of the event we only had three hours to set up and present the exhibition. Due to some of the sizes of the pieces, more than one person was needed; we really had to work as a team, as at the same time we had to sort out the clothes, models, music and lighting.
As a group we really felt the pressure leading up to the opening, but no one who arrived at 7pm was aware of the backstage panic. Overall the evening went really well and we were so pleased at the professional way in which we managed the event. We really have gained skills and experiences that will be beneficial in the future. It would have been nice to have more people attend as the feedback we received from those who had the pleasure of viewing all the stunning work, was so positive.
A big thank you to everyone who helped us, we are truly grateful. A special mention must go to Mr Taylor and Mr Philpot who worked beyond the call of duty.
Anya Beuzeval, Anya Bizec, Laura-Anne Boon, Mairead Cahill, Mary Townsend – Year 12