Student project makes a splash


A trio of students from University College Falmouth have unveiled a seventies-inspired swimming costume with a photo shoot at Newquay’s Blue Reef Aquarium.

BA Press and Editorial photography students Kirsty Macdonald and Emma Webster joined forces with fashion student Hannah Snailham who designed the swimsuit.

The event was part of a project for the students’ second year exams and was a first for the aquarium.

“The fashion shoot was based on an item of swimwear that has been designed and made by our fashion student Hannah Snailham,” said Kirsty.

“Her swimsuit has a quirky, funny element to it, which we wanted to bring out in the photos and we felt the aquarium was a perfect location for us as it was a little out of the ordinary.”

The concept for the swimwear project was the era of the 70’s. The design of this costume was inspired by 70’s ‘disco’ shirts, with the buttons down the centre front, and a bow tie, that is detachable.

Blue Reef manager, David Waines, said: “Kirsty approached us to see if we would be willing to let them use the aquarium’s giant ocean display to hold a photo-shoot for their degree work.

“It’s a first for the aquarium but we were only too pleased to assist and we’ve all been really impressed with the professional way they prepared for the shoot – they provided us with a very clear brief and carried it out quickly and efficiently.”