Alexander McQueen win for students


Brush skills are top of the class at Bedford College where Level 3 Production Arts Make-Up students, Kitty Knox 17 and Lewis Bavister 18 have taken first and second prize in a tribute to the late Alexander McQueen, international couturier.

At Brush Wars held at the Olympia in London, Bedford College students had to create catwalk make-up designs and they beat all-comers to the first and second prize. Kitty and Lewis are in the second year of their qualification and hope to go onto one of the top universities for aspiring make-up artists in September 2020. These students have not only come first and second place at Brush Wars but they have also secured excellent work placements working on the Phantom of the Opera and also working on a show that is due to be televised this month. Judges commented on the skill set the students held and their creativity towards to the brief.

“Last year a Bedford College student came third in the same Brush Wars competition to the brief of ‘Circus Arcadia’ so we have worked our way up the ladder” said Director of Arts Toby Clark,

“As in our fashion and textile competition wins, our students are beating university and Higher Education entrants showing Bedford College is giving young designers and creatives a head start in this highly competitive field.

“Those who are interested in creative careers, whether it is media make-up, fashion or design, need to know that here in Bedford we have training which has a national reputation.”

The South Banks Arts Centre on the riverside location of Bedford College is a hothouse for talent from performing to fine arts. Most staff have either worked in, or continue to work, in the specialist sectors in which they teach. This gives students valuable insights into, and links towards, the careers they aspire towards.  Students can study most disciplines to Level 5 and an increasing number to BA Hons.

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