A STUDENT became the focus of a fashion event after learning the tricks of the trade on work experience.
Jade-Nadine Rye, from Durham, is among those training through East Durham College’s Peter Jones Enterprise Academy.
The 19-year-old spent a whole week working behind the scenes at this year’s Birmingham International Fashion Week.
Jade has set up her own business, Fashionista JR, which organises models and staff for fashion shows and wedding exhibitions, and took up the placement to get experience of working on an international event.
She spent the week working with the team that run the event doing numerous tasks to help make sure everything ran smoothly.
But the surprising highlight of the week was when Jade ended up on the catwalk herself.
Jade said: “It was great to be a part of Birmingham Fashion Week.
“The organisers really let me help out in a whole load of areas around the show which gave me a real chance to see what it was all about.
“There was such a wide range of different people at the show, I made some fantastic contacts who are now going to come to my own fashion events.”
She admits the catwalk appearance did come as a total surprise.
She added: “A space opened up for some catwalk work and I was surprised about the offer at first, but jumped at the opportunity.
“I’ve done some modelling before and I thought why not, it will be fun.
“The whole week was just a fantastic experience from beginning to end and gave me some fantastic ideas to take back to help me with the future of my business.”
Jade is now working hard to complete her college course and is then hoping to go on to study for a degree in fashion buying or events management in London this September.