Students of fashion and textile discovered their inner characters when they took part in a project to create a stylish look based on the club culture of the 80s.
Creative costumes, headpieces and hair and makeup created the ‘extra’ guests who could have turned up at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party as depicted in the Tim Burton Film Alice in Wonderland.
West Suffolk College students in the second year of a BTEC Extended Diploma in Art and Design (Fashion and Textiles) and those on the UAL Foundation in Art and Design were tasked to design weird and wonderful costumes and hats based on a real character, past or present, who has a colourful and remarkable personality.
For inspiration students visited the V&A Club to Catwalk exhibition and the Isabella Blow Fashion Galore exhibition at Somerset House.
The project was completed with a set piece staged in The Copse at the college.
As well as creating a whole look ithrough costume and hair, hat or headpiece, students also created a textile piece of tableware.
Course director, Sue Winslett, said: “This has been a chance for students to be incredibly innovative, individual and bold whilst resolving a design task.
“Every member of this Mad Hatter’s Tea Party will have been influenced by something from the club culture of the 1980s and embroiled with their own eccentricities.”