Feature and Video: Going Gaga in Sunderland

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LADY Gaga fever hit the City of Sunderland College, complete with outrageous outfits and the infamous meat dress.

But a closer look at the figure striding across the college campus will reveal all may not be what it seems.

Students from Shiney Row College taking part in a Lady Gaga Tribute. Hayley Ramsey 17, puts the finishing touches to her makeup

Students from Shiney Row College taking part in a Lady Gaga Tribute. Hayley Ramsey 17, puts the finishing touches to her makeup

The appearance by the “singer” – really a Lady Gaga look-alike – was part of the promotion of a competition run by Metro Radio.

And as part of the promotion, more than 30 catering students joined in by designing and producing the Lady Gaga-style meat dress – copying the headline-grabbing “dress” made of cuts of meat, which the singer wore earlier this year – and also choreographing and performing a dance routine to Lady Gaga music.

Hairdressing, make-up and fashion students at both the Shiney Row and Hylton campus also produced their very own takes on the flamboyant singer’s look to join the singer as they joined in the fun.

Hairdressing lecturer Sheryl Bowes-Jackson couldn’t be more proud of what they have achieved.

Students from Shiney Row College taking part in a Lady Gaga Tribute.

Students from Shiney Row College taking part in a Lady Gaga Tribute.

“The looks they achieved were just amazing,” she said. “I thought they looked better than the real thing.

“They surprised us all how creative they could be and it was great to watch them putting the whole look together – not just the hair, but the make-up, the outfits, everything.

“I think some people were unsure which was the look-alike and which were the students.”

“Gaga” arrived at the college in a convoy of 10 gleaming Minis and, surrounded by security, she thanked students for their support and posed for photos.

It came as quite a surprise to some of the students unaware of the stunt.

Sheryl said: “The students all really enjoyed it and we were so excited when we found out they would be taking part.

“It was nice to give them the opportunity to do something outside the usual curriculum.

“It helps to show the public, and prospective students, what the college can do.

“They had no boundaries with this project and they really expressed themselves.”

She added: “All levels have been able to get involved in the project, even if they hadn’t been on location they have all been able to plan and design the final looks.

“She is such a creative character herself and everyone here definitely had Gaga fever.”

From Mohicans to dresses made from cellophane and ball pool balls, the students really took their designs to the next level.

Sheryl said: “We all loved the hair bow – it’s classic Gaga, but the outfits were the finishing touch.

“The fashion and design students created some brilliant designs using materials you would never think of.

“It was good for the students from different departments to come together for the project and they certainly excelled themselves.

“This is the first time we’ve ever taken part in something like this and we can’t wait for the next one, it was brilliant!”

The radio promotion will see the look-alike appearing across the North East and listeners will be asked to identify where they have spotted her to win cash prizes.

For more information on City of Sunderland College, go to www.citysun.ac.uk