ECA Fashion Show

Students pose for photographers
Students pose for photographers

By Phyllis Stephen

Edinburgh College of Art‘s (ECA) fashion show is usually a sell-out. It has been running for more than fifty years and is a key date in the capital’s art calendar.

It takes place at the college on 6-8th May this year. One of the key parts of the show is the work of the graduating students on performance costumes. The college held a photo shoot at the National Gallery to showcase some of these wonderful costumes.  I went along for Edinburgh Napier News and was struck by both the workmanship and  the attention to detail.

The costumes on show were for Pierette from The Affair at Victory Ball by Agatha Christie by Rebecca Hywel-Jones, for Susanna from the Marriage of Figaro by Peggy Jones, for The Duchess from the Duchess of Malfi by local Edinburgh girl Emily Raemaekers and for Pamina from the operetta The Magic Flute by Eleanor Welch.

Tickets for the show are £15 and will likely be snapped up quickly. They are available from The Hub.

Other than the performance costumes we are told that, “The catwalk, as ever, will be fast and furious. On-trend, but always a little bit ‘out there’, ECA Fashion Show 2009 will feature edgy, sculptural designs, sexy, grown-up womenswear, and the kind of one-off, craft-based pieces that London buyers are currently clamouring for.

“ECA Fashion Show 2009 will present the final collections of students graduating in Fashion and Performance Costume, as well as collaborative projects with the Textiles department. These will be shown alongside the mini-collections of 2nd and 3rd Year students.

Edinburgh College of Art has an international reputation as one of the most successful independent art colleges in the UK.  The College is known for its creativity, its co-operative atmosphere and its people – one recent graduate described the College as ‘an ideas factory’.

For Edinburgh Napier News Rebecca Jamieson interviewed Emily Raemaekers. See video.