Items by stores and students to feature in fashion shows

KEVI Year 11 textiles and graphics GCSE students, pictured with teachers and Sanderson Arcade staff, with some of the pieces being displayed during the fashion shows at the Arcade on Saturday.
KEVI Year 11 textiles and graphics GCSE students, pictured with teachers and Sanderson Arcade staff, with some of the pieces being displayed during the fashion shows at the Arcade on Saturday.

A range of stores at a Morpeth shopping centre are stepping out in style to get customers ‘summer ready’ on Saturday.

And students at the town’s high school will be showcasing their own collections at the biggest ever fashion event to take place at Sanderson Arcade.

Radio station Heart North East will be hosting the event, with Heart breakfast presenters Justin and Kelly compering the shows throughout the day.

Shows will start on the hour every hour between 11am and 4pm in the piazza area. Stores such as Marks and Spencer, Hobbs, New Look and Monsoon will be showcasing children’s wear, men’s wear and women’s wear.

There is also a special occasion wear section, which will be the grand finale of the event.

Representatives from the retailers will be on hand at the end of each show to offer styling advice on all the pieces featured and to help with outfit inspiration.

A group of King Edward VI School students will be showing their pieces on the catwalk from 12.15pm and 2.30pm. This will be a mix of sixth form final design pieces and textiles and graphics GCSE end-of-year coursework.

As well as items for humans, there will be some pet clothing on display.

Pupils, led by Year 11 graphics student Kristen Barwick, have also produced a display for the Arcade’s gallery – it was put in place last weekend.

It incorporates fashion and a First World War theme to commemorate the centenary of the Great War.

Student Voice, leadership and enrichment co-ordinator at KEVI, Victoria Najafi, said: “Over the past year, we have been working with the Morpeth Antiquarian Society with regard to collaborative events to mark the First World War Centenary.

“Students have done a fantastic job with design technology teacher Adele Percival to design banners featuring a World War One fashion theme, combined with a more contemporary style. Year 10 students are also about to start a World War One fashion-themed project, which I am sure will equally produce some impressive work.”

During the event, which is being sponsored by Stratstone Tyneside BMW, chilled and fruity mocktails will be available from a bar that will be set up by Heart.

Centre manager at Sanderson Arcade, Medi Parry, said: “We’ve had a great response from the clothing stores at the centre and both they and the KEVI students involved are really looking forward to putting on some great shows for our shoppers.”