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Old Halloween photos inspire fairytale fashion collection

A Middlesex University Fashion Design student has created an imaginative and inventive new clothing collection based on photos taken over 100 years ago.

Hanna Vestin, 27, first had the idea when she came across some faded Halloween photographs from the 1900s.

They included one of children 'dressed up' in their parents' clothing, and Hanna was inspired to make that the theme of her collection: Oversized clothing with a Victorian edge.

Hanna explains: "Underlying those old photos was something a little bit sinister - the way the children had been dressed in these huge, formal, adult clothes and everyone was stood completely still.

"I wanted to reflect that in my designs - all the creepiness of Victorian dolls and old masks, but with a modern twist and a fairytale edge."

All Hanna's outfits include very structured and detailed headpieces, which add to the sense of the wearer 'dressing up' in a costume.

However, many of the pieces are also flattering, richly coloured and wearable.

On 30 May Hanna exhibited her collection at a top London venue: along with 21 other Middlesex Fashion Design students, she was selected to display her pieces in a fashion show at the iconic St Pancras Renaissance hotel.

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