A student from Newcastle College University Centre is celebrating after her fashion photography was hand-picked to feature on the cover of Darkus Magazine.

Ellie Burns, currently studying for a Foundation Degree in Fashion, Retail and Enterprise, impressed the magazine’s director Thushara with her designs, which were pitched as part of a live brief in partnership with Darkus, to create a front cover and fashion editorial.

The 20-year-old Glaswegian was inspired by 1970s fashion and she showcased original garment designs from BA (Hons) Fashion student Aya Mohammed.

“My favourite part of this project was directing and styling the photoshoot,” said Ellie.

“It was amazing to see my vision come to life. It was a shock to hear I’d won, it’s such an honour.”

Thushara commented: “I was extremely impressed at how Ellie took us on a journey.

“She was invested in the work of her designer on every level and created work which showed a true understanding of what it means to embrace creativity.”

The opportunity for Ellie came after Thushara challenged students from Newcastle College to get creative and develop a Darkus front cover as well as a fashion editorial.

A total of 14 students pitched their initial concepts and mood boards, before five progressed to the final round. Here, they had the chance to speak in depth about their projects and why they should be crowned the winner.

Although Ellie bagged the cover, as well as a cash prize, the remaining finalists were given the chance to feature as part of the editorial.

Ideas presented by students included designs based on gender fluidity, the power of women and natural beauty.

“It has been really good to see all the creativity from the students,” added Thushara.

“They have all put a lot of thought into their work and it has been nice to watch them evolve throughout the process.

“They’re a talented bunch and I wish them all the best of luck.”

The project was organised by tutor Freya Wright, who said: “This has been a brilliant opportunity for our students to work closely with a client in an industry setting.

“It’s so important that students gain practical work experience to enhance both their knowledge and employment prospects and a highe thanks to Thushara and the team at Darkus for this opportunity.”

You can see Ellie's winning portfolio, along with her fellow finalists in the upcoming edition of Darkus. It will be available to buy from mid-April at Darkus Fashion