NHSG - Newcastle High School for Girls showcases budding fashion talent

Newcastle High School for Girls showcases budding fashion talent

February 29, 2024

This fashion week season budding young designers from Newcastle High School for Girls have presented their own annual Art and Design Fashion Show, exploring themes including mental health, the human body, punk and Peaky Blinders.

Taking place on Wednesday 14th February over two performances, the Newcastle school’s catwalk played host to an array of stunning designs from pupils in Years 9, 11, 12 and 13. In addition to creating their own designs, all Year 13 Textiles pupils also chose their own themes, music and choreography for their collections.

Charlotte Morrow, a Year 13 pupil who is planning on studying fashion at university in September said: “Peaky Blinders was my initial inspiration, which led me to explore Romanian fashion and how it has influenced some of the Dolce and Gabbana runways shows. I was really taken with the religious imagery and that is what influenced the heart design and the white Devore train in my own designs.  I wedded that with the industrial vibes of Peaky Blinders and the smart tailoring of the time including ties and pinstripes and added the signature flat caps to reinforce the feel.

“I definitely think when it comes to runway shows the more drama the better and it’s been great spending time on something so creative. When I saw it all come together in the final show it made all the hard work really worth it.”

NHSG’s fashion show is an annual event open to audiences including staff, pupils, parents and the general public. This year, over 100 pupils took part including those from the school’s unique Textile Design A-Level – an academic offering that enables students to design and create a fashion collection from initial concept through to garment-making and putting on the runway show.

Alison Goldie, Head of Art at NHSG, said: “The Fashion Show is one of our most anticipated events and it never disappoints! The originality, craft and flair on the catwalk this year was outstanding, and it’s a wonderful way for the whole school to come together and celebrate the artistic talent that thrives at NHSG.”

NHSG has an outstanding reputation as a centre of creative excellence and sees many of its pupils following Art and Fashion related courses – subsequently entering a highly competitive industry that contributes over £29 billion to the UK economy. Among the school’s alumnae are Lauren Anderson, Charis Younger, Evie Turley, Jenni Moore, Chloe Cooper and Caroline Legg, who all currently work in fashion or are studying for a degree in fashion. Highly successful designer Fiona Sinha also attended NHSG before going on to study fashion at the prestigious Central Saint Martins, where she met design partner Aleksandar Stanic and, together, under their label SinhaStanic, they went on to work for Alexander McQueen’s McQ label.