Sussex Make-up Academy at Front Row Fashion Show

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On the 26th November 2016 the Sussex Make-up Academy took along students and make-up artists wanting experience in catwalk work along to support Front Row South East Wearable art Fashion Show.


This was an exciting and new experience for all involved, lead by experienced fashion show hair and make-up designer Amy Prifti.

Make-up artists team
catwalk makeup
make-up team
catwalk make-up

The fashion show is organised by designer Maika Crompton, owner of Freya Von Bulow Paper Couture


The task set to designers was to create wearable recycled art at a budget of £30


The Sussex Make-up academy discussed the different looks that designers wanted for their designs and created a call sheet for our students to work from.


We was to supply the hair and make-up for:

St Michael’s Hospice (2 male and 4 female models) which was curated by stylist Sarah Broom (who worked for Dazed and Arena) with clothes completely sourced in one of our partner charity’s shop, St. Michael’s Hospice, Queens Rd, together with London based hairstylist Tracey Cahoon.


Afroretro (1 male and 5 female models) headed by British-Ugandan sisters Anna Nabirye & Lilly Babirye. They fuse both their homelands into their fashion, accessories and jewellery. Many of their collection is upcycled – foraging for unloved and forgotten garments and fabrics they breathe new life into them with just a tad of Uganglish flavour.


Presenter Rachel Spinetti who took the audience on a fashion catwalk journey like no other with designers showcasing outrageous creations and collections with a pre-loved, re-cycled and customised twist.


Singer  Maggie K de Monde of Scarlet Fantastic who opened the show, performing “Nature’s Way” from her current album “Reverie” plus “Heartbreak House”, a collaboration with ‘Hifi’ Sean Discon of Soup Dragons. Heartbreak House is on his latest album feat. Crystal Waters, Yoko Ono and Dave Ball.


As well as providing hair and make-up for the designers who entered the competition.




front-row Fashion Show
St Michael’s Hospice
St Michael’s hospice
St Michael’s Hospice
St Michael’s Hospice
St Michael’s hospice
St Michael’s hospice
Front Row fashion show
Front Row Fashion Show
Front Row Fashion Show
Front Row Fashion Show
Front Row Fashion Show
Maggie K De Monde
Afroretro fashion show
Afro retro fashion show
Front Row Fashion Show
Rachel Spinetti Presenter
Maggie K De Monde
Front row fashion show

It was a full on day, starting at 11am and finishing at 11pm and everything ran extremely smoothly.


The competition was judged by Jenny Bevan, a Bafta and Oscar winning costume designer and has worked on more than 60 films, many of them in collaboration with John Bright and Merchant Ivory. After her degree in set design from the Central School of Art and Design, her first break came when she took an unpaid job designing costumes for a small film for them and has since had multiple award nominations and won Academy Awards for “Room With A View” (with John), an Emmy for “Emma” and more recently a Bafta and another Academy Award for”Mad Max Fury Road”


An John Bright – originally trained as an actor who has spent the last five decades working at the heart of the costume industry and within a long professional relationship with Ismail Merchant and James Ivory. In 1965 John established Cosprop, which is now one of the world’s leading costumiers housing a large collection of original garments that appeared in a wide range of TV, film and theatre.  John won an Academy Award in costume design for “Room With A View” (shared with Jenny) (1986)


Our students did such an amazing job and really enjoyed being a part of this fashion show and it was great to be able to give them this opportunity.

Jenny Bevan
John Bright

Photos were captured on the day by photographer Conrad Lee You can see more photos published in Afi Magazine from the event where we even get a small mention on page ….


It was also great to be able to send a small team to Front Row Fashion Show at Southbank – Full photos can be viewed here  photographed by Conrad Lee.


We would like to thank our team for being extremely professional and for fulfilling all hair and make-up to so many designers and hope you enjoyed your time.  Hopefully we will get to support this wonderful event next year and be able to take more students with us.


All the best

Amy and Nicola

Front Row
Front Row

We are very happy that this event was covered by photographer Conrad Lee and published in Afi Magazine Please click on the link to view the full article.


You will find a small piece on the Sussex Make-up Academy as well as photos of students and Amy in action

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