The Young Fashion Designer UK national competition was established by Kent College Pembury in 2010 to celebrate talented Textiles students at GCSE, AS & A Level. Every year it is judged by a select group of 10 judges who each bring experience and professionalism from a range of fashion, textiles and design backgrounds – many of which are local Kent businesses. Since 2010, the competition has gained significant momentum with a year on year growth of entries. This year was no exception, with a record breaking 175 entries for the South region.
On Saturday 1st July, Kent College Pembury held the judging and awards ceremony with students from schools including Walthamstow Hall, Hillview, Burgess Hill and Bedales. We were delighted to welcome 10 judges from businesses across the South East. Students were treated to workshops throughout the day including a Photoshop design workshop presented by Anwin from Burberry.
Kent College would like to thank all the finalists, schools, judges and businesses who sponsored and donated prizes, including Morplan as the title sponsors, C&H Fabrics, Design A Head, Textiles Skills Academy, Bod & Ted, Julie Boyd, Karen Wintle and Catherine Hills Jewellery.The winning awards in each category went to the following students who demonstrated innovation, outstanding technical ability, creativity and business flair. Congratulations to all!
First Prize – Rachel Rose, Hillview
Second Prize – Laura Horsfield, Burgess Hill
Third Prize – Nicole Angus, Rosebury School
Amy Buckle, Holmer Green
Courtney Carter, Shoeburyness
Emily Shaw, Holmer Green
First Prize - Elizabeth Simms, Sheldon School
Second Prize – Sophie Jenkin, Beadles
Third Prize – Ruby Sandell, Hillview
Eleanor Dalton, Burgess Hill
Naedine Martin, Shoeburyness
Abigail Swallow, Holmer Green
First Prize - Rosie Nicholson-Grime, Kent College Pembury
Second Prize - Beth Peachey, Kent College Pembury
Third Prize - Jessie Brown, Kent College Pembury
Lucy Godley, Hillview
Holly Jennings, Hillview
Harriet Russell, Walthamstow Hall