A dazzling array of new fashion designers exhibited their striking designs to an eager audience at the annual Middlesex University fashion show in Hendon.
Professional models wowed the capacity crowd with the vivid and imaginative clothing designed by some 100 final year fashion and fashion textile students in front of an industry judging panel.
The students have worked hard in recent months to complete their catwalk collection, consisting of three pieces each.
This year the show involved cutting edge women's and menswear including themes entitled 'men with flower beards' – a play on masculine and feminine roles and pilgrimage.
"I have always depended on the kindness of strangers" - a famous quote by the troubled character Blanche DuBois in a Streetcar Named Desire - is brought to life on the catwalk with beautiful organza moths, beaded by hand. While 'women and tweed' highlights the role of women in arts and crafts in Scotland in the 1900s.
Other themes included kids wearing oversized adult clothes, Japanese themed animation and Japanese hand tinted photographs from the 19th Century. Oversized bags and jackets brought the show to life.
The panel of judges selected the top student designers to go through to a special fashion show in central London in June.
Prior to the show student Laura Faye's collection was selected by Graduate Fashion Week for a preview event at the Houses of Parliament and she will also have her work showcased at the UK Fashion and Textiles Awards in May.
Laura said: "My designs are influenced by hand drawn faces and flowers and Middlesex has paved the way for amazing opportunities for me. The show was really exciting and I feel I've really found my identity as a designer."
Middlesex University acting fashion design course leader Paul Rawson said: "The talent at this show is incredible and diverse. Everyone has worked really hard on their shows and I'm delighted that the results speak for themselves."
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