High Praise for High Fashion Students

Renowned for their innovation and flair Somerset College Arts and Design students once again astonished London audiences with their brave and spectacular designs at Free Range Fashion Week, the Graduate Fashion Show in Brick Lane, London on 3 June.  Special guests gave accolades and high praise for the students.

Students Kimberly Vowels and Melissa Clothier were amongst the students showing their designs.  Earlier in their studies both students carried out work placements in Ashley Isham, the esteemed fashion house.

Kerry Woolacott another student, while in his second year, was one of four finalists in the National Jeeves competition inspired by 19th century gentlemens’ wardrobes worn by aristocrats with a Twilight/True Blood edge.

‘Our students go on to work in the fashion industry in prestigious organisations and fashion shows like this help them to get there,’ said Gary Mills, Lecturer BA (Hons) Design and Fashion.  ‘The demands of producing fine couture and putting on a show of this calibre brings out the best in them and they never stop amazing me with their talents.’

Among the special guests was Mark Henderson, Chairman of Savile Row Bespoke, Deputy-Chairman of Gieves & Hawkes and Director of Walpole who said:  ‘There was some really imaginative work on show and it was excellently presented.  I enjoyed the quirky collection of Kerry Woolacott – featuring his Savile Row meets the Industrial Revolution tailoring.  I’m certain that the next few generations of designers are going to have to focus on delivering fewer, better designed and made – and ultimately more loved clothing.  The UK design colleges, like Somerset College – which lead the world – have the means to do this.  We have an unrivalled base to do this from.’

Also attending the event were Hormazd Narielwalla, menswear blogger, writer and stylist and Cass Stainton, Head of PR at luxury cloth maker Fox Brothers & Co in Wellington, PR Consultant to Dege & Skinner of Savile Row and advisor to Deborah Meaden from ‘Dragons’ Den’ who said: ‘It was wonderful to see our cloth being used by a younger generation of designers and the menswear collection shown by Kerry Woolacott was stunning.  He worked as an intern with us and we hope the skills learnt have given Kerry the foundation for a successful and enjoyable career in fashion.’

Designs from the Fashion Show will be on display at Somerset College during their end of year Arts event from 11 to 23 June.  A recording of the fashion show can be seen on  The Fashion Show will be recreated live for the public in Taunton in the Orchard Centre on 24 September.