Pembrokeshire College Equestrian student Geraint Lewis swapped his jodhpurs and riding boots for designer threads recently to dazzle the fashionistas attending glamorous ‘Cardiff Fashion Week’.
Geraint, aged 17, who lives in Saundersfoot, was offered a chance to attend an open casting by ‘Follow Your Dreams’ a charity based in south Wales that supports ambitious youngsters to do spectacular things.
After attending two training days at the university, Geraint performed with other young models at a preview catwalk show in the university’s ‘Atrium’ building to a live soundtrack provided by University of South Wales student bands.
Following that event, Geraint was one of only three models with disabilities cast to perform alongside students showcasing the work of the university’s fashion design department at the prestige Cardiff Fashion Week catwalk show held in the beautiful Masonic Hall in the Centre of the city.
Geraint modelled clothes made especially for him by student fashion designer Anna Hillieer. The theme of the creations was ‘Barhau’ – Welsh for ‘to last’ evoking concepts of sustainability and recycling.
During the all-day high fashion event Geraint joined fellow models in delivering three professionally choreographed catwalk shows in front of a paying audience.
‘It was amazing, good fun at the fashion show’ said Geraint.
Geraint is a regular rider with the RDA and is currently a student on the Horse Care course held at Pembrokeshire College’s training room at Bowlings, Rudbaxton.
The modelling experience was a far cry from mucking out! Geraint learned a lot from the university’s fashion lecturers Steven Wright and Ellen Hembrow and their students whilst also providing, by his unique style, a more inclusive catwalk experience for those attending the shows.