A COVENTRY UNIVERSITY fashion student has been selected as a finalist in the Clothes Show Live’s Young Designer of the year competition – the third successive year a Coventry student has reached the final. Writes Laura Collier
Melissa Foreman, 20, a second year Fashion Design student, has been selected as a finalist in the competition which takes place at the Birmingham National Exhibition Centre from December 4 -9.
Melissa’s design shone out from hundreds of competing applicants. She was set the brief of creating a Christmas party dress based on the style of a celebrity of her choice:
“I looked at the trends that are about at the moment and also coming out next year, I wanted to make it a bit different,
“I chose Diane Kruger and created my design based on her style” said Ms Foreman.
The winner of the competition will pocket £2000 as well as the ultimate prize of a one week placement with a top British designer. £1000 will also be donated to the Art and Design department of the winner’s college or university.
The fashion course at Coventry University has continued to grow exceptional talent since it launched four years ago. The University has previously seen students successfully reach the final stages of the competition, Geri Hutyan in 2007 and Cassie Judd in 2008. Geri Hutyan is currently on work experience with Escada in Germany.
Competitions such as this give students experience in designing to meet real targets and encourage originality in their designs. Ann Muirhead, Course Director of Fashion and Accessories at Coventry University said how pleased she is that yet another student has reached the finals:
“We are delighted that yet again one of our students has made it to the finals of the national competition. The Clothes Show Live is the place to have your designs noticed. “
The University, which homes some of the finest machinery in the country, has played an essential role in ensuring Melissa can complete her design in time for the live show.
“The University buys all the materials, I get extra technical support to make sure the dress will be ready in time for the show” said Melissa.
This competition is a fantastic chance for young and emerging talent to showcase their original designs lives on stage at the show. Gavin Brown, Managing Director of the Clothes Show Live, states how important these awards are to young and upcoming talent:
“We’re continuing to support young talent to help them make that all important first step into the world of fashion, by hosting the Design Awards we can nurture new talent from across the country and give them the recognition they deserve.”
Melissa, along with nine other finalists will watch their creations come to life on the catwalk at the Clothes Show Live on the 7th December where the judges will choose the winning designer.
Melissa added: “It feels like it’s not real, I will be there on the day, my friends are also coming to watch, I’m still surprised.”