Visual Design students window-dress to impress in Rayleigh High Street

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Seevic students window-dress The Phab Shop in RayleighA charity shop in Rayleigh High Street is hoping that a series of themed window-dressings by students at Seevic College will help raise its profile in the local community.

Students studying Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Visual Design at the College launched their first window display – with a theme of vintage fashion – at The Phab Shop on Wednesday 23 April. 

The students will be launching three more new displays over the next month, with themes including Books and Records, Toys and Fashion Accessories.

Manager at The Phab Shop Liz Kaye said: “We thought it would be a great idea to get young people from the local area involved in our fundraising and draw attention to the shop at the same time. The vintage fashion display makes a big statement about what can be done with upcycling. I’m absolutely thrilled that the project has come together so well.”

Students worked in groups of four on each display with 17-year-old Chloe Whiston leading the vintage fashion team. Her dress centre-piece was inspired by 2013 film The Great Gatsby.

"I really enjoyed having the freedom to be creative" Visual Design student Chloe Whiston, 17

Chloe, who previously attended FitzWimarc School in Rayleigh, said: “We undertook some extensive research of 1920s era fashion and the final dress took over three weeks to produce. I really enjoyed having the freedom to be creative and to be trusted to produce work to be displayed in public.”

Visual Design Course Leader at Seevic College Louise Chamberlain said: “The project gave our students the opportunity to work on a real life brief, re-creating the demands of working in the industry. I’ve been really impressed by the professional quality of the work produced.”

Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Visual Design is a two year course that covers all areas of the design process, including graphics, fashion and textiles, surface design, advertising, marketing and branding.

A BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma is equivalent to studying three A-Levels, and enables progression on to university or employment in a relevant industry.

The Phab Shop is a not-for-profit company which employs volunteers with disabilities to gain training, experience, qualifications and confidence in retail.

The shop fundraises for Southend Junior Phab and Pholk, two local voluntary clubs run for children and adults with and without disabilities – enabling individuals to come together on equal terms.

Seevic College’s next Open Evening takes place on Thursday 3 July 2014, 5.30 – 8pm.

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Seevic College students involved in the project: Chloe Whiston, Rhianna Conners, Lucas Bennett, Chloe Chaplin, Luke Bailey, Luke Griffiths, Harrison Hinton, Charley Drewer, Georgina Warren, Emily Barton, Georghia Davis, Molly Smallman, George Moss, Toby Paul. 

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