Military precision at student’s fashion collection

The creative skills of West Cheshire College’s art and design students were highly admired at the Cheshire Military Museum in Chester last month.

The students created their own unique pieces from deconstructed authentic military jackets, donated by the Museum for the ‘upcycled’ conceptual fashion collection.

Pete Foster, Art and Design Tutor at West Cheshire College said: “Our art and design students created a fantastic conceptual fashion collection. It was great to see their jackets on display together, taking viewers on an immersive journey.”
The Cheshire Military Museum tells the story of Cheshire Soldiers from the 17th Century right through to the present day. Students were given full creative license to create their own personal visions for their display jackets. The finished projects incorporated a number of regiment specific designs including oak leaves, symbol of the Cheshire Regiment, as well as poppies, poetry and medals.
As part of the ‘Army Surplus Sewing Bee’ competition, in keeping with the BBC Television programme ‘Sewing Bee’, a set of four military projects were selected as the winning jackets to feature at The Beatles Story in Liverpool. This was in celebration of the Armed Forces Day 2017 and to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles album Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
The exhibition not only featured the work of students, but also explained the inspiration behind each jacket. “This project has allowed students to explore the history of the Regiment, whilst creating an exciting new display for the Military Museum and establishing links within the local Cheshire community.
“It’s been an excellent opportunity to put their skills to the test and reap the rewards. We’re really proud of what they have achieved,” said Pete.
To find out more information about the Art and Design courses available at West Cheshire College, visit or call the College hotline on 01244 656555.

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