B&FC alumni Corrinne fashions free face masks

Published on 08/04/2020 by DTHACK

The Fashion Design graduate has been working round-the-clock supporting healthcare workers.

Blackpool designer Corrinne Valente is helping carers work stylishly with free and fashionable face masks.

Corrinne, who graduated in fashion design last year from Blackpool and the Fylde College, sprung into action when her sister, who works in the care industry, mentioned a shortage of masks.

Corrinne had lots of fabric at her disposal and worked round-the-clock producing the masks. She's made 160 which have been snapped up by teachers, paramedics, nurses and receptionists at doctors' surgeries.

"I haven't been charging as I have lots of fabric," said Corrinne. "I just wanted to let these people know that I appreciate what they do and wanted to look after them, so I will just keep on sewing them until I run out of fabric."

Corrinne specialised in contemporary costume at the college’s Blackpool School of Arts on Park Road.
She explained: "Tutors encouraged us to try new things and push our limits, which made me feel I could achieve my ambitions and should never be afraid of trying new things."

Since graduating from B&FC, Corrinne has started a business making wedding dresses and gowns.

 "The course taught me all the techniques I needed and the skills, but most of all it gave me confidence to believe in myself and what I can do."