Fashion students

Young Designers take Clothes Show Live by storm

The Clothes Show Live Young Designer of the Year award has been taken over by Undergraduates from Somerset College as an unprecedented four out of the ten finalists are from the College.

BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles Undergraduates Fabia Zanchi from Yeovil, Sophie Phillips from Barnstaple, Carys Pitcher from Plymouth and BA (Hons) Fashion Undergraduate Victoria Griffiths from Abergavenny have all been short listed for the prestigious title.

The competition is for budding young designers drawn from across the UK and marks the future for fashion design. It is held every year during the hugely popular Clothes Show Live event at the NEC in Birmingham and draws crowds from throughout the UK.

Fabia said: ‘We were all really shocked to find out we had made the final. To have one person in the final is a really good achievement, but to have four out of ten is an awesome success. It is a testament to the hard work that all of us have put into our designs.'

Victoria said: ‘When I was told I had made the final, I asked how many others from Somerset College had made it through, I never expected her to tell me four had made it. To have four in the final ten shows how high the standard of textiles and fashion is at Somerset College.'

The young designers submitted designs that will be shown as part of Somerset College's catwalk show at Clothes Show Live. They are now making the garments for the show and the winner will be decided following the catwalk shows.

Carys has produced a futuristic all in one piece made from satin stretch jersey, Sophie has produced a PVC hoodie, whilst Fabia and Victoria have both produced dresses. Fabia has created an evening dress with full length layered skirt and Victoria has designed a sculptural dress themed on mining machinery.

Gary Mills, Tutor at Somerset College, said: ‘I couldn't believe it when all four told me. They came in one at a time and by the end I was in a state of shock. The finalists are taken from across the UK and involve many hundreds of upcoming designers. These are the cream of the crop, so to have four at Somerset College is an immense achievement. I'm so proud!'

Carys said: ‘This result really proves the calibre of young designers at Somerset College, it is a place full of emerging talent, and is getting a very good reputation for producing some outstanding designers.'

Sophie said: ‘As long as one of us wins, that will be great. There is a very strong bond between all of the Undergraduates, so we will all celebrate together if one of us wins.'

Eight Somerset College Undergraduates will be showing their garments at Clothes Show Live including second and third year students. Third year Undergraduates have designed dresses, whilst second year students have designed coats to complement them. Garments will be paired up to go down the catwalk.

Somerset College already has a strong history of winning Clothes Show Lives' Young Designer of the Year award as Tom Stevens from the College won the competition in 2006 with his Disco inspired design.

Clothes Show Live runs from 5-10 December at the NEC in Birmingham. For further information on the event visit www.clothesshowlive.com.The final of Young Designer of the Year takes place on Monday 8 December.

For further information on the five BA (Hons) courses available visit the course listing page, alternatively contact (01823) 366 331. Somerset College offer degree level courses through a partnership with the University of Plymouth.

Somerset College are holding Arts and Design Open Days for university level courses, details are available on the events pages.