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A pair of Fine Art students from the University of Worcester are presenting their fashion label on the biggest eco catwalk in the world during Berlin Fashion Week.

Paul and Nora Battenberg-Cartwright’s clothing line is made entirely from recycled materials and will take to the catwalk on the prestigious Lavera Showfloor.

Paul, aged 21, said: “The clothes are made from curtains, tablecloths, sheets, duvet covers, scrap fabrics, donated scrap materials, scarves, saris, which we cut up and sew together in our designs to recycle them into something with a new use.

“The shop we work with is in Germany, it is a fair trade and eco shop with links to the local business students at the sixth forms. They helped make a lot of the launch show possible.

“It was difficult to find enough unwanted items that we could use, but we managed in the end.”

The Third year students will be presenting a collection called “The Indestructible Object” which uses handcrafted black and white prints, set against contrasting ice cold blues and passionate reds. Berlin Fashion Week takes place from July 3-8.

“We are not trained in the fashion industry, neither of us has taken any sewing or textile classes,” Paul said. “It is our fine art focusing around the notion of the living art piece that has caused us to become designers over the past three years.”

Paul and Nora have each been awarded a £250 scholarship by the University of Worcester to assist with the costs of the fashion show.

Nora, aged 22, said: “We have put the £500 scholarship towards the €5,900 fee that the Berlin Fashion Show asks for to hire models, hair and makeup teams, stylists, wardrobe helpers and technical equipment and technicians along with all PR activities and costs.”

The talented artists intend to further build upon their accomplished fashion label in the future and to continue working with clients.

“We have had quite a few commissions for prom dresses and evening wear since the label launch in Germany in November and this has been very fruitful,” she said.

“We would like to continue with the label to provide a comfortable income to live from, and yet flexible enough to work around to be able to create art alongside this.”