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Fashion students stage catwalk show for celebrity designer

A prolific designer who has created red carpet looks for the likes of Taylor Swift, Rihanna and Cameron Diaz has collaborated with students from our Epsom Fashion School. Fresh from the London Fashion Week catwalk, the new collection from sustainable designer Jeff Garner – Ruins & Renaissance – took to the catwalk at our Epsom campus on 23 February, at an event which was designed and managed by our Fashion Management & Marketing students.

Jeff Garner catwalk show

Our students took responsibility for all elements of the event, including the design of the catwalk, the promotional activity and even sourcing horses to be on display as guests arrived at the venue. First year student Kiran Dooa was in charge of locating and sourcing the horses for the event, and also set up a live Periscope feed so that the show could be watched remotely via the phone app. He also had the chance to support Jeff’s London Fashion Week catwalk show as part of Fashion Scout.

“The project has been amazing,” said Kiran. “It’s involved long hours but we all pulled together in the end. Working with Jeff has been so great – he has an amazing way of sharing his vision, so we immediately understood what he wanted and got to work.”

Jeff Garner catwalk show

Working with Jeff Garner's sustainable fashion brand Prophetik has seen these students explore ways that global fashion impacts the environment and different cultures all over the world. With a mission to enlighten customers to the harmful effects of synthetic fabrics and petrochemical dyes in everyday garments, Prophetik aims to provide a beautiful solution using plant-based fabrics and dyes.

Ruins & Renaissance features pieces such as romantic feminine gowns and men’s riding breeches and trousers.

Whilst congratulating the students in a speech after the catwalk show, course leader for our Fashion Management & Marketing course Katherine Boxall said: “The students have done a fantastic job making the event happen and they’ve all worked really hard. Jeff is standing for sustainability in the fashion world and we want the students to be doing that too, so this project was all about facilitating the students’ learning around sustainable fashion.”

Jeff Garner catwalk show

You can find out more about our Fashion Management & Marketing course here.