Former Fashion Student’s Work Exhibited during Deaf International Fashion Week in Paris

A former fashion student at Newham College, who exhibited her work during Deaf International Fashion Week in Paris, has been invited to Buckingham Palace.

Laura Gromova had a range of her pieces featured at the event in the French capital. This included a coat that she designed and made while studying bespoke tailoring at Newham College. The event included designers from all over the world and following her participation in this successful show, she has been invited to a Commonwealth fashion event at Buckingham Palace.

International Deaf Fashion Week was launched three years ago in Bulgaria and has since taken place in China and Paris. The global event is open to deaf models and deaf designers with the skills to showcase their abilities at an international level.

Laura Gromova, who won the title of Newham College Student of the Year in 2016, discovered she could get involved when a friend told her about it after seeing the details online. She said:

“It happened very suddenly as I only found out about the opportunity in August and that was the same month as the deadline for meeting the requirements to take part. I didn’t feel ready but I had the coat I’d made at College, together with a few other pieces, so that’s what I chose to show.”

The event involved 15 countries in total and the clothing ranged from smart dresses and suits to knitted garments.  

It was an exciting experience. The designers had to pick their own models and it was brilliant to see all the pieces. There were some beautiful designs and some of them were even available to buy. It really built up my confidence and I’m planning to go again next year
Laura Gromova Former Bespoke Tailoring Student

Since completing her course, Laura has gained a part time job in Savile Row and works for herself making clothes. She will attend Buckingham Palace for an event that will showcase and celebrate contributions to the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange, in February. 

Laura said, 

“I am very happy to be going to Buckingham Palace to celebrate the fashion industry that I’m involved in”.

Anita Morley, the Sensory Support Coordinator at Newham College said: 

"Laura started college in 2013 and did an ESOL course.  She is profoundly deaf and had limited English or British Sign Language skills.  Working in partnership with the Sensory and Curriculum Teams she developed both skills to an excellent level.  In 2015 she started the Bespoke Tailoring Course and at the end of the academic year she was nominated by the sensory team for a Newham College award and she won student of the year!"

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