Talk as part of Local History Month 2016.
A talented young fashion designer has had a glimpse of the future after one of her creations appeared in a premier fashion store.
National diploma in fashion and clothing student at Cleveland College of Art & Design Rachel Charnock has exhibited her wears in Psyche Middlesbrough.
Rachel said: “I really wanted to find out if Psyche liked my design and if they would let me be involved in fashion in their store. I was over the moon when they did.
“It’s great to have a chance to show it on the high street like this; it’s just brilliant.”
Rachel takes a lot of her influence from Giorgio Armani and her design focussed on a clean, simple look creating a grey moleskin jacket, jersey cowl neck top and wool trousers.
As part of the Psyche fashion show Rachel’s design was featured alongside two fellow students from CCAD, Jessica Brough and Sophie Bean, who were showing menswear and ladieswear.
Rachel said: “I’ve worked so hard on this which is why it’s so nice for it to be seen like this.
“I have spent a lot of time on the pattern cutting and construction of the suit and making sure the quality is of a high standard.
“Our tutor here is so supportive of the work we do and he teaches us to overcome obstacles to produce a high quality design.”
Marketing manager at Psyche Paolo Capaldi said: “Rachel’s suit is very on trend, very distinct and different. It is a really nice piece.
“We were happy to show it as we are very keen to support young talent in the region.”
Rachel is heading off for university in September but hopes to fulfil her dream of her own business in the future.
“I definitely want to do menswear and being on this course has helped me to focus my skills on tailoring, which is what I do best,” said Rachel.