RGS Worcester Pupils Sweep Top Three Positions at ‘Fashion Icon’ Final
We are delighted to announce that not one, not two, but three RGS pupils achieved a clean sweep of 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions in the National Final of the ‘Fashion Icon’ Competition.
The Competition, organised by ICHF Events, is open to 13-18 year olds and challenges pupils each year to explore a different theme. This year’s theme was ‘Thrift-Flip’ where competitors were tasked with designing a carnival inspired piece from a pre-loved wedding dress.
Five RGS Worcester Textile Scholars were selected as finalists out of the ten finalists in the national competition and were then given just a few weeks to make their vision become a reality and create their garment.
The five RGS finalists were Teyah Farmer, Isabella Price, Grace Horrocks, Isabelle Lowe and Heidi Porter. They attended the ‘Fashion and Embroidery Show’ held at the NEC last Friday. The pupils took along their completed garments for final judging and enjoyed seeing them modelled on the catwalk in front of a live audience.
Finalist and Lower Sixth Textiles Scholar, Isabella Price commented: “The whole experience was fantastic! I really enjoyed the challenge of this year’s theme and seeing my final piece come to life!”.
Finalist and Year Nine Textiles Scholar, Isabelle Lowe said: “I am so pleased to have been chosen as one of the finalists. I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of making my final piece and seeing it come to life, modelled on the catwalk at the NEC”.
Accompanied by Head of Textiles, Mrs Jo Bishop, the girls presented their finished garments to the judges for inspection before the catwalk event.
The final designs were innovative and unique in their approach to upcycling wedding dresses into new garments and all received much appreciative applause from the audience as they made their way down the catwalk.
After a nail-biting wait and much deliberation by the three industry-expert judges, the final results were announced with Isabella being placed 3rd, Isabelle awarded 2nd place and Teyah 1st place in the competition.
Head of Textiles, Mrs Jo Bishop, said: “I am delighted for all three of the girls – winning the competition in 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions is amazing and very well deserved! All the designs were very well thought out and their execution making the garments, especially in such a short time frame, was exceptional. Very well done to Bella, Izzy and Teyah and to Grace and Heidi for being such excellent ambassadors for our School”.
Lower Sixth Textiles Scholar, Teyah Farmer said: “I am so pleased to have won and see all my hard work pay off. I really enjoyed making my garment. It has been challenging but has also been a great opportunity to learn lots of new design and Textiles skills”.
In achieving 1st place, RGS Worcester was awarded a new sewing machine for the School and Isabella, Isabelle and Teyah each received a prize and certificate of achievement. All three winning garments will be proudly on display in the Textiles Department at School for all to admire.
A huge well done to everyone involved! This is a fantastic achievement of which you should all be very proud.