Fashion conquers all

Several thousand people – especially women and girls – were entranced last weekend as professional models strutted their stuff on the catwalk in a non-stop day of fashion in Taunton town centre.

Five free daytime shows and a gala evening show saw packed crowds at each event as Somerset College’s Textiles and Fashion department and the Orchard Shopping Centre joined forces to create Taunton’s first public fashion show.

With hair styled by Celebrity Hairdresser of the Year Jamie Stevens, professional fashion models and choreography by producer Lesley Goring of London, who has worked with fashion and style guru Gok Wan, the shows were a resounding success.

“The passion, the dedication, and the designs have been amazing,” said Jamie Stevens, a former Somerset College student, who was thrilled to be back in Taunton for the event.

The latest in high street clothes was matched by avant garde outfits designed by the College’s BA (Hons) Textiles and Fashion graduates, and from youngsters to grandmothers the audiences loved it.

Grandmother Kathleen Kirkland of Taunton said: “I’ve only ever seen anything like this on TV before. And the work that’s gone into the designs is fantastic.”

Seventeen specially trained students from Bishop Fox’s Community School beamed all the way down the catwalk as they worked alongside the professionals to model the retailers’ clothes for youngsters.

The gala evening event saw a number of local dignitaries and well known designers viewing the show.

All events were funded by the Orchard Centre with sponsorship from Wellington-based Chelston Motorhomes.

Caption: All together now – models and audience clap each other at the end of a non-stop day of fashion shows at the Orchard Centre