Working behind the catwalks at New York or London Fashion Week is an intense experience; it’s hot, noisy and non-stop. In a crush of models, make-up and hairspray, visions of loveliness are crafted ready to wow the celebrities sitting front row. It was the same at Nottingham Trent University recently when more than 90 fashion students organised an amazing catwalk show to raise money for their final degree show next year.
London Fashion Week regular Angelo Vallillo, creative director at Nottingham’s top hairdressers, Zullo & Holland, brought his experience in the real world of fashion to help out at the show. Along with his Z&H team, which included Charlotte Willey, Clothes Show Young Hairdresser of the Year 2011 finalist, Angelo created stunning looks under conditions typical of top designer shows in London or New York.
It’s not uncommon to have 30 models at a top catwalk show, but it is rare to have 175 outfits. With most students showcasing two outfits each, it was a mammoth show.
Zullo & Holland shut the salon early to start work by 4pm, yet the team, which also included salon owner Romano Zullo and senior stylist Shireen Zanjani, still had to work furiously to prepare the 21 models in time. Clothes styling was done by the students, while MAC stepped up with its band of talented make-up artists to produce a polished finish. With just 21 models, 175 outfits and multiple costume changes, the place was buzzing.
The show gave students a chance to present outfits completed towards the end of their second year, based on a brief entitled Memories. Most were women’s collections, with just 10 men’s collections.
“It was a wide open brief so the final clothes were very varied,” said show organiser Dominic Hassell, a third-year student at the university.
Money raised at the evening will go towards the final degree show, where students are under pressure to create an extravaganza that equals a professional haut couture show in Paris, London or Milan.