Textiles / Art
“Every time that I wanted to give up, if I saw an interesting textile, print what ever, suddenly I would see a collection.”
Textiles at Heathfield is part of the Art Department and all girls have the opportunity to learn the subject during their time at the school. There is a dedicated pattern cutting room in addition to a sewing suite, ready for the girls and their creations.
All girls are given the chance to explore Textiles during the weekends and workshops. In Forms II and III, girls can either rotate with other subjects or opt in to study Textiles.
At GCSE, as part of the Art and Design course, students will have the opportunity to explore Textiles in more depth and specialise in this, should they choose to do so.
At A-Level, students are given much more freedom within the Textiles endorsement and can explore ideas, and making processes, with either a Costume, Fine Art and/or Fashion orientated approach.
Each year, a Designer in Residence, who has specialist knowledge of Fashion Design, works alongside the students, offering practical workshops and tutorials, and is responsible for producing the annual fashion show.
The annual fashion show is one of the many highlights of the Art Department’s calendar. This professionally produced event showcases the talent of the students alongside the work of the current up and coming Designer in Residence. Previous shows have attracted national media attention and have featured high profile members of the fashion industry – including leading fashion publications and celebrity fashion icons – on the judging panels year in year out.
London College of Fashion
Heathfield also has a unique progression partnership with the London College of Fashion at the University of the Arts London. The partnership means girls from Heathfield interested in one of the many courses at the London College of Fashion are guaranteed an interview and are offered help with their portfolios, should they need it. The partnership came about because the London College of Fashion were so impressed with the talent they witnessed at our annual fashion show.
Annual Fashion Show
Heathfield’s Annual Fashion Show – overseen by our Designer in Residence – is a highlight of the school calendar and is regularly featured in the national press. We always attract a high profile judging panel who are keen to see the unfailingly extraordinary quality of the girls’ work.
The auditorium is always packed with staff, parents, pupils and visitors for the event each March which is the finale of the Annual Music, LAMDA and Fashion Show event.
In 2016, the show received extensive coverage in Tatler magazine, as it has done is a number of previous years – Tatler Review
Angela Drisdale-Gordon from the London College of Fashion, announcing the winners, said that many of the designs on show were of such high quality that they could immediately be put into production.