Students show style!

Release Date: 10 March 2017

D&A College retail students have bought into a style guru’s strategy ahead of staging a runway fashion show

D&A College student Tara Hamon couldn’t resist snatching a cheeky selfie with style guru Gok Wan

A group of HND retail management students recently gained invaluable experience when they worked behind the scenes at Gok Wan’s Fashion Brunch Club in city’s Apex Hotel.

Tara Hamon, of Wormit, Demi McKay, Inverbervie, Paula Clarke, Stirling, Florence Collins and Naomi Mills, both Perth, had their own agenda when they volunteered to act as runners and dressers at the event – gaining hints and tips of how to organise a successful style event.

Tara was particularly impressed with the experience.

“What an incredible day, being one of  Gok Wan’s production assistants,” said the student

“I didn’t realise just how much work is put into a fashion event like this until I was in the mix of it all - everyone is running around like crazy from the start.

“I feel honoured to have had this opportunity to be involved in his Fashion Brunch Club event and will most definitely never forget the experience of working with Gok and his team, true professionals.”

The students were part of the organising team for “The Seasons” fashion show and exhibition, which took place at the  D&A Gardyne Campus last month.

“Working at the Gok Wan Fashion Brunch really helped the students gain experience,” said Gillian Rough, course leader.

“The students also study a unit entitled, Fashion Merchandising and they have to put together ‘looks’ based on current fashion trends, so the fashion brunch really linked to their course.”

“The Seasons” is a real cross-college collaboration with students from a diverse range of disciplines including hairdressing and beauty therapy, computer animation and textiles taking part.

Textiles students, Sarah Harvey, Karen Hamilton, both Dundee, Rachael Senyszak, Perth, Lillias Chisholm, Gauldry, and Bella Johnson, Blairgowrie, also helped out at the fashion brunch, working closely with Sophie Kirkwood, a London-based fashion stylist and producer with a decade’s experience in the industry.

In addition, the College's Hospitality students were given an enterprising boost after being enlisted to provide gift boxes of artisan chocolates for the fashionistas. "Chocolatay" has been a hugely successful business for the students so far and this event proved they could be stylish as well as tasty.