FOR THE third year running, a fashion student from Coventry University has been selected as a finalist in the Clothes Show Young Designer of the Year Competition.
Melissa Foreman, a stage 2 fashion student, has been selected as a finalist for the 2009 show, which takes place in December at the NEC in Birmingham.
A number of fashion students at Coventry University took part in the competition, the ultimate prize being the opportunity to see their designs modelled on the catwalk of the Clothes Show Live.
Students had to design a Christmas party dress for a celebrity of their choice before sketching out the initial designs, choosing the fabrics as well as a 200 word justification of their choices.
The fashion course at Coventry University has gone from strength to strength since it started just over four years ago and taking part in competitions like this helps to keep the students involved and enthusiastic.
Ann Muirhead, Course Director of the Fashion and Accessories degree course at Coventry University said:
“We are delighted that yet again, one of our students has made it to the finals of this national competition. The Clothes Show Live is the place to have your designs noticed and creating designs for the competition gives the students the opportunity to see what working to tight deadlines is like while at the same time being extremely creative.”
The fashion course already has a good history of producing competition finalists; Geri Hutyan in 2007, who was in his first year at the time and Cassie Judd in 2008. Geri Hutyan is currently on placement at Escada in Germany and recent graduates have gone forward in to successful roles in the industry.
The main prize is £2000 but there is also the opportunity for a week’s work experience with a fashion designer as well as the chance to see their designs come to life on the catwalk.
Ann added: “Our students work with some of the best facilities in the country including superb machinery and highly qualified technical support. The students are encouraged to use cutting edge technology to push the boundaries in fashion design.”
The Clothes Show Live takes place at the NEC in Birmingham 4 – 9 December