Celebrity Stylist To Open Fashion Show

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Date posted: 31 May 2011

A top fashion stylist who has designed for celebrities including Rihanna, Twiggy, Pixie Lott and Kate Moss will open the University of Derby's 2011 Graduate Fashion Show this Thursday (June 2).

Derbyshire-born Kate Halfpenny is famed for her fabulous creations and vintage inspired wedding dresses. As well as styling many celebrities she has also designed clothing used in adverts for fashion giants such as Moschino and Hugo Boss.

She will be guest of honour at the annual show of work by final-year students on the University's BA (Hons) Fashion Studies degree course, at Derby Assembly Rooms on Thursday June 2.

There will be two public shows on that day, at 1.30pm and 7.30pm, with Kate opening the evening one. Both will feature models on the catwalk wearing collections by 34 students, with an additional five students staging static displays of their work.

Kate will also help choose a Portfolio Prize winner from amongst the exhibiting students.

The 2011 Graduate Fashion Show will be the launch event for the University's annual Degree Shows programme, this year.

Then from Saturday June 4 to 11 hundreds of students' work in crafts, fashion, textiles, fine art, film, design, theatre, visual communications, architecture, music technology, creative expressive therapies and art therapy will be on display for the public to come and see for free at the University's Markeaton Street and Britannia Mill sites in Derby, and elsewhere.

The fashion collections at the Assembly Rooms show will include menswear, women's wear, children's wear, swimwear and a bridal collection.

Among the original student collections will be:

  • stylish 'adaptive clothing' for young people with disabilities by Rosie Hall, who worked with advice from children at local disabilities charity Umbrella;
  • clothes inspired by student Jodie Perrins' local cricket team at home in Shropshire;
  • delicate knitwear and other clothing by Ross Dutton, using the theme of moths' development from cocoons.

The June 2 event is open to the public, with tickets for both general admission and a VIP lounge.

VIP tickets give visitors entry to the Assembly Rooms' Darwin Suite from 6.30pm where they can enjoy a glass of champagne while browsing through portfolios of the students' collections. They will also be entered free into a prize draw with prizes of a Paul Smith purse, Co-op travel vouchers worth up to £250, £100 in Westfield shopping vouchers, vouchers from clothing store Brigdens or QUAD cinema membership available.

Kate said: "I'm so honoured to have been asked to open the University of Derby's fashion show. It's important to encourage and nurture our graduates, as they are the future of British fashion and so important to our industry."

Previous fashion gurus who've attended the annual fashion show and visited the University have included Kate Bostock, Marks and Spencer Director of Clothing, and Wayne Hemingway, co-founder of fashion label Red or Dead.

Fiona Hawthorne, Co-Programme Leader for Fashion at the University, added: "It is a real coup for us to have someone of Kate Halfpenny's standing in the industry join us.

"It is a chance for our students to meet someone who started out very much as they are doing and who has risen to the top of her profession."

Tickets for the University of Derby's 2011 Graduate Fashion Show cost £3 for the 1.30pm performance. Entry to the 7.30pm performance costs £5 concessions, £10 for a standard ticket and £15 for VIP entry. Tickets, subject to availability, can be booked through Derby Live box office on 01332 255800.

For further information please contact Press and PR Officer Sean Kirby on 01332 591891 or 07876 476103, or email s.kirby@derby.ac.uk.



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