It was a celebration of art, fashion, beauty and education as the talented students from various faculties of the Box Hill Institute collaborated on Kaleidoscope – a show-stopping, must-see runway show. Taking place at Deakin’s Edge at Federation Square, this colourful show was the ideal opportunity for students to learn and practice teamwork, creative pursuits and real-world pressure that exist backstage.

“Our hairdressing and makeup teams had the best opportunity to work in a professional environment by putting the finishing touches on the widest array of the most fabulous, directional fashion,” said Head of Hair and Beauty at Box Hill Institute, Ruth Browne. “Just when you think this annual show can’t get any better, everyone ups the ante, and you could feel the excitement in the room as each new collection was presented. The biggest challenge for hair and makeup was to develop a look for each model that complemented their fashion look and there were so many, but our team excelled.”

The looks consisted of classic catwalk ponytails and contemporary make up completed the looks to perfection. Unique and varied headdresses kept the looks diverse and bold, while the quick changes of the models made for a frenetic energy backstage. Models wore everything from floral arrangements, broadbrim hats, matching designer hats and quirky, sculptural headpieces, all needing to be removed for the next design set and hairstyles quickly smoothed out.

It wasn’t just an effort from the hair, beauty and fashion students – other collaborators were from the Institute’s floristry, music, visual merchandising and hospitality areas.

“Kaleidoscope presented the highest standard of emerging creative talent imaginable in Melbourne,” Ruth said. “The event benefited from a long list of industry partners including makeup partner Kryolan.”

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