From career to clubbing – young Sunderland designer invents officewear thats fit for partying

Fashion student Kelsey Campbell with one of her pieces.
Fashion student Kelsey Campbell with one of her pieces.
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A YOUNG designer has come up with the perfect answer to the work-life balance – career clothes that are ready to party.

New Herrington’s Kelsey Campbell will be showcasing her collection on the catwalk for the first time at an annual Graduate Fashion Show.

Made from lightweight, breathable, anti-bacterial materials, the dual-role outfits can switch from smart workwear to trendy clubbing garb in a matter of seconds.

The 20-year-old said: “I have gone for vivid colours which you can turn inside out, and off you go. It is quite out there. The sleeves also zip off, and I have included plenty of pockets so you don’t need to take a handbag when you are clubbing. There is a hole in the market for this and plenty of room to develop and grow.”

Kelsey, who is studying a BA (Hons) fashion enterprise degree at Cleveland College of Art and Design’s Hartlepool campus, will showcase her collection on Wednesday at the Middlesbrough Town Hall show.

Special guest Michelle Taylor, of Gateshead luxury lingerie company Tallulah Love, will introduce the show and present the coveted Designer of the Year prize to the most motivated, enthusiastic and committed student.

After the catwalk show, the collections, including that of Sunderland’s Kelsey, will form part of the national Graduate Fashion Show, due to be staged on May 30 in Brick Lane, London.

This provides the students with an opportunity to network with industry specialists and attend professional workshops, as well as discuss career routes in an environment relating wholly to the fashion industry.