Students’ Avant-Garde Catwalk Creations Are a Cut Above

Students’ Avant-Garde Catwalk Creations Are a Cut Above1

Models displaying the avant-garde hairstyles created by Level 3 Hairdressing students

Students’ Avant-Garde Catwalk Creations Are a Cut Above2

Walsall College Hairdressing students held an Avant-Garde hair show on Monday 23rd November at the college’s Graduate Academy salon and showcased their creative talents.

As part of a Creative Design unit on their course, Level 3 students were set the challenge to come up with experimental and innovative hairdos using different styling techniques.

The show featured a mix of styles from crimping to braiding with themed makeup, costumes and accessories to complete the overall looks. Students’ designs took inspiration from nature, iconic landmarks, current fashion trends, history and films.

Curriculum Manager for Hairdressing and Beauty at Walsall College, Jo Small, said: “This Avant-Garde themed show allowed our Hairdressing students to really stretch their imaginations and display their artistic flair alongside their technical hairdressing skills. The looks they produced are outstanding by any standard, and certainly styles which wouldn’t look out of place on a catwalk or fashion shoot.

“The students did a lot of research and constructed mood boards as part of this project, which has given them an insight in to an area of the industry they may wish to pursue careers in. They will also have their final looks photographed by a photographer which they can use as part of their portfolios when applying for jobs.”

Student, Kyla Green, said: “This has been my favourite unit on the course so far as it really gave me the chance to have fun exploring different creative styles. I’d recommend this course to anyone considering a career in hairdressing. It’s a great place to learn, the facilities are brilliant and the tutors are really helpful and have a lot of experience.”

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

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