RGS Worcester hosted the Midlands Regional Final of the Young Fashion Designer UK
2015 which was a smorgasbord of colour, skill and individuality showcased in each finalist’s display.
The students from nine different schools in the wider Midlands and North including students from Manchester, York and Northern Ireland, put together a stunning display 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 brought a wealth of experience to critique the Finalists’ 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 promote 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 exhibit their winning YFDUK piece at The Midlands Fashion Awards in October, courtesy of MFA Director Jenny Eason.
We are thrilled to announce that Edward Jones received the First Prize at AS Level and Francesca Morgan the First Prize at GCSE. Both students will enjoy the wonderful opportunities in the coming year. Holly Jackson achieved Third Prize at A2 level and Lauren Broome at AS Level. Danielle Lawson and Maddie Elliott both achieved the Runner Up Prize for the AS Level category.
The students were incredibly supportive of one another, they were wonderful ambassadors of our school and they were very gracious in receiving the prizes that were awarded to them; we are very proud of them all.
We are grateful to all the students who entered the competition this year, and we thank the Finalists for making the event such a special occasion. We wish them all the very best for the next phase of their fashion education.
Mrs Jo Bishop – Head of Textiles