Fashion student reaches final of national competition


A Fashion Design student at the University of South Wales has reached the final of a national competition run by Graduate Fashion Week to design a new collection of ladies wear.



Charlotte England, who is in her second year at the University’s City Campus in Newport, was selected from hundreds of entrants to the competition, which will coincide with the London-based graduate event in June.

As one of the finalists, Charlotte’s designs will be featured in the Gala Show at Graduate Fashion Week 2014, which will take place in front of a star-studded audience of celebrities, media and fashion industry VIPs and will be live streamed around the world.

The winner will be given the invaluable opportunity of two weeks’ paid work experience at George at Asda and a cash prize of £2,000 provided by George and Disney. They will also be invited to grace the red carpet at the premiere of Disney’s latest film, Maleficent.

Charlotte faced tough competition from more than 40 of the best UK universities to reach the final, and hugely impressed the judging panel with her ladies wear designs.

She said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be finalist and am nervous and excited at the same time. I have to produce three outfits from my collection by April for the Graduate Fashion Week Show Event alongside my course work.

“I can’t believe I’ve been chosen from all the hundreds of entries from around the UK – it’s an amazing opportunity and my mum is so proud of me!”

Irene Dee, course leader for Fashion Design at City Campus, added: “Charlotte’s work has been of a very high calibre and to reach the final of such a prestigious event is a remarkable achievement for her.

“Graduate Fashion Week has proved to be a springboard to success for many reputable names in the fashion industry, such as Stella McCartney and Christopher Bailey. It is renowned for its excellent employment and networking opportunities and is the perfect place to get our students’ work noticed.”

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