The Macclesfield College fashion students have marked the 300th anniversary celebration of Charles Roe’s birthday, as well as the 35th anniversary of the passing of Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis, by presenting their fashion show in Martin O'Neill's Joy Division photography exhibition space inside Charles Roe House.
Year 2 Fashion student Amy Edwards said, ‘‘The show was incredible, it couldn't have been any more successful. The music and the location was perfect! I have thoroughly enjoyed my time completing my Level 3 Extended Diploma in Fashion and by showcasing my work in Charles Roe House this gave me the opportunity to show that all my hard work over the past 2 years has paid off.’’
Year 2 Fashion student, Abbey Mills commented, "The show allowed me to show off my work from my final year and it was a happy and exciting event but also sad as my time at college has come to an end, but I am looking forward to starting my degree course in London.''
Year 2 Fashion student, Clare Peacock, ‘‘The fashion show was amazing. Just looking at our outfits come to life on the catwalk was so emotional.’’
Course Leader Angela Devoti was full of praise,'‘The fashion show was an extraordinary experience, showcasing all the students hard work and creativity inside Charles Roe’s House was a real moment for everyone."
Charles Roe was a major force in helping to establish the silk industry in the town, and what better way to celebrate his 300th birthday by bringing in the next generation of fashion designers into his former home!
This year I have been working closely with Julie Hamer of Incubation arts. I am fully supportive of all her amazing work in turning Charles Roe House into an Arts & Cultural Centre with the aim of promoting creativity and to bring a permanent Joy Division exhibition space to the House. She has worked tirelessly to get things moving and I was so happy to hear Incubation Arts were awarded £25,000 from Cheshire East to develop their bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Last month marked the 35th anniversary of Ian Curtis passing and a photographic exhibition by Martin O’Neill was exhibited at Charles Roe House as part of this tribute. Martin O’Neill very kindly allowed us to present our catwalk show in his exhibition space. Having the fashion show in this exhibition room was incredible. I was very moved when I watched our students work pass each of the photographs of the band who at the time the photographs were taken were also at the beginning of their own journey, on the eve of their debut release Unknown Pleasures.
As a lifelong fan of Joy Division and as an educator it was a real honour to bring the creative worlds together and in such an intimate space filled with so much history made this even more special. I know the students took a lot away from this experience."
Julie Hamer of Incubation Arts commented ‘‘The talent from the students at the Macclesfield College End of Year Fashion Show was of an exceptional quality and a joy to watch! Incubation Arts were proud to be able to host the end of year show in Charles Roe House and look forward to an ongoing relationship with the College."
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