Student Shows at Gloucestershire College, Tues 18th September 2012

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Forget London Fashion Week, September 2012 saw the first of our Student Fashion Shows, held at Gloucestershire College.

GlosCol was transformed into the best fashion venue in The Cotswolds. Both day & night a full house sat and anticipated the fabulous fashion designs to come from local schools, sixth forms, colleges and independent graduates.

Students of all ages had been working hard for months on their designs and hugely enjoyed seeing their creations on the catwalks, competing against other schools to win the cash prizes and personal styling shopping trips generously donated by George Davies, as well as work experiences at both his local Cotswold studios and headquarters in London.

The two shows were hosted at the Cheltenham Campus, 1pm saw the Under 16’s ranging from Primary school children up to Secondary School GCSE level pupils and the 7pm show showcased 6th Form and college students up to independent graduates.

Each show was a sell out with an audience of over 300 at each show, packed full of excited friends, families and supporters all wanting a glimpse into what the next generations are bringing to the creative world of fashion.

The runway models were greeted by a roaring crowd and the panel of judges: Fashion Visionary George Davies, Fashion Designer Emma Trayner, Fashion Journalist Sarah Hayley-Owen,  Hair Stylist Stuart Holmes; and guest Martin Horwood, local MP.

This years winners were:

  1.  Glenfall Primary School, for their Paper Fashion Spaceman suit – Prize £1000 for the school & each pupil received a certificate
  2. Tewkesbury Secondary School, pupil Megan Thomas’s red and green jungle themed corset and pencil skirt.

Prize £1000 for the school & Megan received £100 to spend on a personal styling shopping trip to London, plus work experience

Runners up:

  • Maisey King from  Cheltenham College
  • Georgia Woodd from Severn Vale School

Both won a trip to London with a stylist & £100 spending money, plus work experience.


3. Gloucestershire College, fashion Student Steph Allen’s Military inspired outfit

Prize £1000 for the College & Steph earned herself work placements here in the Cotswold and London.

Runners up:

  • Sophie Martin from Stroud College
  • Laxmi Chavda from Gloucestershire College

Both won 2 weeks work placements.

4. Our Independent Graduate category saw 3 young designers win industry work placements:

  • Wedding Dress Designer Georgina Beaton
  • Lingerie/Swimwear Designer Elena Fenby
  • Women’s Separates Designer Lucinda Gauntrey

All prizes and work placements were courtesy of fashion Visionary George Davies and his Red Creative Team.

Stuart Holmes also hosted a photo-shoot opportunity for the over 16’s winner’s in his Cheltenham Salon.

The Student Shows were an amazing success and showcased what amazing talent exists in the county. Thank you to all pupils and students who contributed their designs, and the teachers who’s support made it possible for a staggering 15 schools to take part. And thank you to all who attended – you made this a memorable and exciting event for all who took part. Sarah Clark, our Education Director did a wonderful job of producing the show and we were all thrilled by the end result.

We must give a big thank you to Stuart Holmes and his team who cut and styled all the models wigs, our make up artists Martha Sitwell ( and Lucy Pearce, our gorgeous team of models, the fabulous photography by Jane and Oli and  Spencer at

And also not forgetting all the volunteers, students and friends who worked back stage, giving a big shout out to Fanny who kept us all under control. We couldn’t have done it without you all!