The first thing to capture your attention at this years’ event was the array of colour, skill and individuality showcased in each finalist display.
The students from nine different schools in the wider Midlands and North areas including students from Manchester, York and Northern Ireland, each put together a stunning display board to show their design and make process. From multi-wear pieces and festival fashion at GCSE and Conceptual wearable and knitting with zips at A2 the talent was at its highest level.
Each student met two teams of judges who quizzed them on the more technical aspects of the work that had gone in to producing the final outcome. Our judging team included nine industry professionals from backgrounds in textile education, retail, PR, design and brand directing lead by judge Suzanne Lawson. From companies such as The Inkberrow Design Centre, Ralph Lauren and organisations such as Worcester University and The Midlands Fashion Awards each bought a wealth of experience to critic the finalist’s work. As part of the judging process, the judges talked to the students about future plans and work experience opportunities.
This year we have had the pleasure of working alongside TechSoft Textiles as Lead Sponsor for the YFDUK 2015 event. TechSoft Textiles Manager, Heidi Ambrose-Brown has helped to prompt the YFDUK competition through TechSoft Textiles, and on behalf of TechSoft Textiles she has given away six Brother Innov-is 35 sewing machines as First Prize to each of the winners at each level in each region; we are hugely grateful to Heidi and the team at TechSoft Textiles for the support that they have given in rewarding the talented students that have impressed each of us in the 2015 competition.
As part of the First Prize, Brenda Killigrew from The Inkberrow Design Centre has also awarded a week’s work experience for each of the winners to complete over the holidays. They will make a capsule collection to showcase at the Fashion, Embroidery & Stitch Show at The NEC and Excel next year. The three category winners will also exhibit their winning YFDUK piece at The Midlands Fashion Awards in October courtesy of MFA Director Jenny Eason.
We thank all of the students who entered the competition this year, we thank the finalists for making the event such a special occasion and we wish them all the very best for the next phase of their fashion education.
First – Edita Kelsey, Tewkesbury School
Second – Chanel Joan Elkayam, King David High School, Manchester
Third – Holly Jackson, RGS Worcester
Special Award – Tara Dickson, Regent Grammar School
Runner Up – Tiffany Bradley, Ormiston Forge Academy
Runner Up – Marianne Hatchard, Huntington School, York
First – Edward Jones, RGS Worcester
Second – Rosie Caldwell, Chipping Norton School
Third – Lauren Broome, RGS Worcester
Special Award – Khai Ern Teoh, Cheltenham Ladies College
Runner Up – Danielle Lawson, RGS Worcester
Runner Up - Maddie Elliott, RGS Worcester
First – Francesca Morgan, RGS Worcester
Second – Anne-Marie Convery, Tewkesbury School
Third – Leah Matisse Boyle, Tewkesbury School
Special Award – Cecilia Hyde, The Chase School
Runner Up – Gabrielle Hardwick, The Chase School
Runner Up – Danielle Lewis, Tewkesbury School
Paige McNeil - Christopher Whitehead Language College
Ellie Bullock - Christopher Whitehead Language College
Tamsin Eades - Christopher Whitehead Language College
Georgia Peters - Royal Grammar School Worcester
Imogen Clarke - The Chase School
Natasha Bratton - Royal Grammar School Worcester
Danielle Greening - Royal Grammar School Worcester
Phoebe Smallshaw - Tewkesbury School
Laura Moss - Tewkesbury School
Celia Hensman - Cheltenham Ladies College
Chloe Pilgrim - Chipping Sodbury
Katie Jones - Royal Grammar School Worcester