This term the second year Fashion and Fashion/Textiles students were given the opportunity to plan a party to boost excitement and awareness towards Graduate Fashion Week. UWE, along with three other universities were given £1000 by RiverIsland along with an amazing opportunity to take part in this competition.

The students set out to capture the essence of Bristol with local music acts, art, circus performers and obviously, fashion.

Promotional events took place at Bower Ashton to help gain interest in the up and coming events. This included a cake sale, DJ Chamber playing some tunes and tickets where on sale. There was also an in store River Island event at Cabot Circus with a raffle to win River Island goodies and styling for customers. Styling was by Alexxsia Hastings-Davis a second year fashion student.
On the night there were graffiti artists and fire jugglers outside to build the excitement of the crowd whilst they waited to board Thekla for what was set to be the party to remember.
And what a welcome they were given, with DJ Derek getting the crowds warmed up downstairs. But for those who didn’t want to get on the dance floor straight away there was plenty to tempt them into the party spirit.
Photography, Textiles and Animation students had their work exhibited while the music was an eclectic mix and gave all the students a chance to let their hair down… and the staff too!

DJ Chamber, Eva Lazarus + Project 13, DJ Hammer, Monkey!Knife!Fight! DR Meaker and all played while the legendary DJ Derek MC’d the fashion show that showcased the first and second year Fashion students’ amazing creations.

For those who had always dreamed of being treated like a superstar, the styling booth with our very own Joanna Valmai Wills a third year Fashion student and winner of Glamour magazine’s Stylist of the Year 2009 helped party goers experiment with their style. The guests had the opportunity to play dress up with River Island accessories and be photographed by Photography student James R J Dwyer.

Students had such a great time that many left comments on the official River Island website applauding the evening. ‘Fashion, Booze, Music & Dancing… What more could a young rabble want?? It was mint!!’

However despite best efforts the Manchester University of the Arts walked away the winners…

But don’t worry all you unlucky people that missed out, I have heard from a reliable source that BABA will be coming back next year to continue to showcase UWE artistic talents and providing more exciting times for the students to enjoy!

Photographs by James R Dwyer and Khalil Musa.