Girls get insight into fashion industry

PUPILS were given an insight into the fashion industry when a pupil returned to a city school.

Saturday, 13th January 2018, 6:00 am
Madeleine Michell leads the fashion workshop with Emma Allison, Florence Atkinson and Lauren Sutton

Madeleine Michell, who left the Portsmouth High School in 2014, went back to talk to Year 9 and 10 youngsters about sustainability.

She said: ‘I wanted to explore with the girls their thoughts on what is fashion and what is sustainability. In the words of yachtswoman, Ellen MacArthur, ‘we need a new textile economy in which clothes are designed differently, worn longer, and recycled and reused much more often.’

Madeleine completed a placement with top fashion and textile designer Mary Katrantzou.

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She added: ‘Alongside the workshop, I am conducting a study which explores an approach to changing the fashion buying habits, specifically of young women, which are having a negative impact on our global environment.

‘The girls engaged in a simple garment- making process, using part circle-shaped pieces of fabric to construct a garment to fit their body. This, hopefully, will encourage understanding, through participation, of the skills required to make clothing.

Year 9 pupil Zara Best said: ‘I never realised how much waste there was.

‘And it has made me appreciate how big the industry is.’