Styles on show at Diversity Fashion Show in Stoke-on-Trent

2 Jul

Hundreds turned out to catch a glimpse of the mixture of outfits from a variety of cultures and tastes at Staffordshire University’s Diversity Fashion Show.

The event, which took place at the Leek Road Venue in Stoke-on-Trent on Tuesday, started with a bang as the girls from Dance Academics in Longton, performed a raunchy routine to Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance in mesh cat suits.

Shown at the Clothes Show Live in December, students at Stafford College created modern spring/summer designs with pastel coloured pieces, combined with tweed jackets and leather belts to achieve a couture look.

The African and Asian section of the show was the most energetic, and got people dancing in their seats. Traditional tie-dye prints, bright colours, luxurious fabrics and sequins bounced off the lights, as the models danced down the runway.

Click below to view video from the event:

This year’s event saw the first swim wear section designed and created by brother and sister duo Disney and Jean Huni. They had less than a month to prepare, but also churned out a handful of evening dresses. The double act said: “It’s coming up to the University’s Summer Ball and we want people to see our collection and choose us to make their dresses. It’s also great seeing other students designs shown off.”

Second year fashion and film student Jay Dhliwayo, and tourism management student Chris Kawenga, created a number of garments for the urban fashion market under the name Hi Collection.

The boys said: “It started as a joke then we realised the designs were good, our clothing brings authentic feel to life.”

Just as the crowd settled down after a short interval, four men were lead out by the tie around their neck, sporting just their underpants. The burlesque section was filled with sexy lace corsets, hot pants and fish net tights, which got the audience jeering.

A handful of lucky people in the audience, who thought they had what it took to be a model, got the chance to strut down the catwalk. Broadcast Journalism student Monie Kaur volunteered to show her walking skills.

“It was so exciting,” she said. “I can’t believe I just did that.”

Staffordshire University’s Dance Society rocked the stage with their competition routine. The girls body-popped to a mash up of guitar funk and bass beats in hooded jackets and sleek sunglasses.

High street stores Miss Selfridge, Burton, Republic and New Look sponsored the event and fronted the latest looks. Checks and skinny denim for men and floral prints matched with 80’s glam for women.

All proceeds were split between Cancer Research UK and Follow Your Dreams charities. Students from Stafford and Stoke College took care of hair and make-up. The styles this year were smooth locks and oversized plaites, with either neon eye make-up or a soft natural finish.

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