Glitz, glamour and style came to the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London earlier this week when Art and Design students put on an Art Exhibition and Fashion Show that dazzled a packed audience of friends, family and prospective students.

The exhibition by Art and Design BTEC students opened the evening with an array of work, which included sculptures, fine art and illustration.

Ed Byrne, who is studying Art and Design BTEC Foundation and going onto Kingston University in September to study Illustration and Animation, showed off his work to proud parents and friends.

Inspired by the English language, Ed said of his work: “I’ve used interesting images that relate to grammar and have used illustrations that bring words to life.

“My passion is to work in either illustration or animation so hopefully by the time I have completed my degree I will know what I’d like to do. Whatever I decide, I’d like to begin by freelancing and then work in a creative studio.”

While students have their work featured in the week long exhibition, those who chose to take the fashion pathway also got to feature in a spectacular one night fashion show.

Modelled by students and friends, the show included dresses and playsuits using a number of themes, including 60s optical vision and physcodelia.

Maxine Ford, who is studying Arts and Design BTEC Foundation, featured two pieces in the show. Maxine, who has successfully gained a place at the University of East London to study Fashion in September, said: “Wherever possible I’ve used paper, metal and mesh to create my designs. I wanted to use non-conventional materials so stayed away from cloth wherever possible.

“My inspiration comes from an amazing designer called Iris Van Herpen. She uses innovative technique and materials in her designs and this is what I want to do in the future.”

Vice Principal for Curriculum and Learner Experience, Jane O’Neill, said: “This is a great time of year for the College as the shows and exhibitions bring the building to life and show off the amazing talents of our students.

“The students have done an amazing job and we welcome people to come in and see what they have produced, and to get a taste of what can be achieved if you study with us.”

If you're interested in studying art, design, music or media at the College, visit: or call our Course Information Line on 020 8442 3055.

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