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An outdoor fashion show in Brindleyplace later this month will celebrate the ingenuity and passion of Birmingham's most creative students - and serve as a reminder that the city’s creative heart is still very much alive and beating strong.

The 1000 Threads showpiece in Oozells Square on Tuesday 18 June has been organised by Birmingham City University with the support of a number of key movers and shakers in the city.

“This is the kind of event that Birmingham has been crying out for,” said BCU Vice-Chancellor Professor David Mba. “For too long, the city’s creative scene has been hamstrung by the travails of the City Council and by fears surrounding funding and investment.

“We see ‘1000 Threads’ as a positive reaction against this climate of negativity. The talent of our arts and design students points the way to an exciting future, while the potential for greater industry collaboration across the city indicates that the present is pretty bright, too.”

Hosted by BBC presenter and podcaster Natalie Graham, the fashion show forms a key part of BCU’s Inspired Festival and will feature 12 student collections and a total of 33 outfits.

It will be preceded by a VIP reception at the internationally acclaimed Ikon Gallery and will be followed by a student exhibition of jewellery and fashion in the award-winning X, one of the most technologically advanced office buildings in the UK.

Lee Lapthorne, Head of Jewellery, Fashion and Textiles at BCU, said the event was part of the University’s commitment to offering graduates professional showcasing opportunities, alongside its ambitions to connect to the city and its communities.

The evening will feature entertainment from The Bond Street Singers, a collaboration between, Jim ‘Shaft’ Ryan, Miss Moneypenny’s founding DJ and producer, and Shereece Storrod, artistic director of Black Voices, Europe’s finest female a cappella quintet.

There will also be a performance from Elmhurst Ballet School, members of which will be wearing costumes designed by fashion students at BCU.

The after-show drinks reception at X is being sponsored by Qavali, an Indo-Persian restaurant near Oozells Square, and will include a set by DJ Altasoph. Andrew Riley, founder and editor of STYLE Birmingham, is a key member of the organising team.

“Our aims are to connect the community, celebrate young creativity, and provide inspiration to the city and beyond,” he said. “It's an incredible opportunity to showcase talent and innovation, and it's a hugely positive concept that will bring the community together in a meaningful way.”

The graduate fashion show in Oozells Square runs from 6.30-7.30pm and is open to the public.

The student exhibition in X runs from 17-21 June and is open to the public, 2-3pm daily.