Discover the frock stars of the future

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By Plymouth Herald | Saturday, November 10, 2012, 05:30

ARTISTIC students have teamed up with a local charity to produce unique designs that will be sold in a silent auction.

Plymouth-based charity Jeremiah's Journey has teamed up with fashion students at Plymouth College of Art to produce one-off pieces that will be sold in an auction next month as part of the 'Frocks to Rock' event.

Students at the college are working on the project in small groups to design a collection based around a theme such as transport.

Once their theme was confirmed the students began working on their designs and were presented with a donated dress to 're-work' into their chosen designs.

Jessica Vincent, 20, who is studying FD Fashion, has been working on the theme of transport and motorbikes.

She said: "We started with the designs before we were even given the dresses, so it was interesting to see how they would work with the dress we had. It's been interesting to strip the dresses back and think about how we can make it work with different techniques and dyeing."

Vicky Parnall, 22, on the BA Fashion programme, said she is enjoying working on a charitable project.

She said: "It's good to be working on something that will eventually be sold and for a charity. The project is exciting and interesting as we've all been given a theme and deadline but each design has taken a different direction."

Jasmin Hogben, 20, who also studies BA Fashion, has said she has found it an interesting challenge trying to interpret her theme, which is meat, into a design.

She said: "Our theme is 'meat' so it was challenging to turn that into a wearable design that people would want to bid for. We decided to work with 'fleshy tones' to incorporate the theme."

The final creations will be showcased in a fashion show at 'Frocks to Rock' in December and will be available to bid for in a silent auction. The event will also include a variety of stalls from local businesses where guests can find everything they need for the Christmas party season.

Jeremiah's Journey offers support to bereaved children and their families who live in the city or the immediate surrounding area.

The 'Frocks to Rock' event will be held at the Devonport Guildhall on Saturday December 1 from 7.30pm.

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