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Clarendon Sixth Form College Fashion students take on project with IKEA

Fashion students at Clarendon Sixth Form College recently designed a unique collection of clothing in partnership with international furnishings store, IKEA.

The level three students were set the challenge as part of their latest live brief project, which takes inspiration from the store’s ethos of ‘different with meaning’.

The pieces, which will go on display in IKEA Ashton over the Easter period, were created using fabrics and material donated to the students by the store. The project is part of a longstanding partnership with Clarendon Sixth Form College.

The collection is influenced by IKEA’s unique style of home furnishings and fittings, alongside designer fashion from the 1950s and 1960s.

Christie Duckworth, local marketing specialist at IKEA, guided the students through the design process and visited the college to give feedback on their designs.

Hannah McLean, fashion and textile student at Clarendon Sixth Form College, said: “It’s been fun working with IKEA and doing a live brief. Christie and the team at IKEA have helped us through the whole process alongside our teachers. It will really benefit my portfolio and help me in the future.“

Ryan Boulton, fashion and textile teacher at Clarendon Sixth Form College, said: “We are very passionate about introducing live briefs into the course and allowing students the opportunity to experience how a designer would work for a client. The students have really immersed themselves into the project, producing innovative design ideas.”

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