A FASHION designer is hoping to make it big – with a star turn on a London catwalk.
Lucy Owen, of Lowerhouses, is a finalist in the Golden Shears tailoring contest.
She will showcase her design on a London catwalk in front of fashion industry experts.
For 22-year-old Lucy, winning would be a dream come true.
The former Shelley College pupil said: “It would mean the world to me to win.
“Tailoring is an area I really want to get into, so being named the winner by experts would be amazing.
“I’m so excited about it, I’ve been before, but it’s a great opportunity to have my name and reputation linked to such a competition.
“I’m competing against tailors who work on Savile Row. So to be in the final is great.”
Lucy currently works for Ossett-based Carl Stuart Tailoring, who have a shop at Cloth Hall Street in Huddersfield.
She has been with the company for seven months and says her place in the final is thanks to the team, including the machinists who have more than two decades experience to share with her.
Lucy graduated last July from the Batley School of Art and Design.
She added: “Design is something I’ve always been interested in.
“At school I was good at art and my interest in fashion just followed from there.
“To be a tailor is an aspiration of mine.
“But it’s a very competitive industry, so I hope in the future I can have my own label.”
Lucy is joining forces with a friend to design a set of couture and tailored clothing for women.
The designer hopes to set up her own business specialising in bespoke ladies tailoring.
She first became interested in fashion while at Shelley College where she excelled at art.
Lucy made her design, a gentleman’s single breasted jacket, with wool supplied by Huddersfield company Dugdale Brothers.
A London model will wear the jacket on the catwalk for judges to see how it looks.
Marks are also awarded for Lucy’s technical skill, the design, cut and handcraft tailoring.
She will attend the finals at the Merchant Taylor’s Hall in the City of London on March 16.
Lucy will compete against 25 other finalists.
If she is named a winner, Lucy could walk away with the Golden Shears top prize of £2,000.