A HUDDERSFIELD student has won a national design award.
Inspired by Britain’s gold medal winning cyclists, University of Huddersfield fashion student Sarah Skelton has scooped a prize herself – one that is awarded annually by one of the nation’s most ancient trade guilds.
Sarah, 20, is completing the first year of her fashion design with textiles degree course.
As part of their portfolio of work she and her fellow students were asked to enter a contest that is run annually by the Worshipful Company of Glovers in London, which has been established since 1349. It runs annual student glove design competitions in which there are a number of categories.
Sarah opted to design a glove for an Olympic sport and chose cycling because of the track record of Britain’s bike riders in recent years – including Holmfirth’s Ed Clancy.
“I didn’t want to do something that was just pretty,’’ she said. “I wanted to design a glove that was useful.”
So she came up with a pattern for unisex cycling gloves that are both aesthetically pleasing and ergonomically efficient.
They are designed to be made from breathable, waterproof fabrics and with two types of rubber grip on the palms.
Judges chose Sarah’s design as the best in her category and she wins a £300 prize plus an invitation to the presentation ceremony in July.
It was the first time Sarah had designed gloves.
“We usually do womenswear and menswear so this was an opportunity to do something different,” she said.
Sarah became interested in dressmaking while at school and decided she wanted to learn all about design and technique, so her University of Huddersfield course is tailor-made.