THREE fashion students from Huddersfield University are one step from the big time.
All have made it to the national round of an industry-based competition.
The students, who are all in the first year of the BA(Hons) Fashion Manufacture, Marketing and Promotion course, were chosen by the Worldskills – Made to Measure Design and Make competition to travel to London to compete for a place on the UK team, which will then travel to Calgary, Canada to compete internationally.
Laura May, Katy McGuirk and Katie Webb’s brief was to develop and produce clothes that drew upon influences from the Canadian Chinook tribe and the 60s British Mod trend.
After researching these areas in detail they produced two final concepts that also took into account the marketing and function of the garments.
They head down to London today and will have to produce a pattern and the first sample in 10 hours over two days.
If the students are successful they will then go on to stage three of the competition, where the initial samples made in stage two are refined and made in the actual fabrics and trims.
This will be judged by a panel of industry professionals looking at originality, varying techniques, good proportion/innovative silhouettes and an understanding of commercial design.
Eighteen-year-old Katy said: “The brief was a challenge but also exciting because it was something different.
“I think it was more advanced than first years would normally be asked to do, because there were more things to consider.
“We weren’t just asked to ‘design a fashion garment’, we had to give a presentation on our research as well, so it was more of a challenge but it definitely pushed me further to develop my skills.
“Although sometimes I feel a bit out of my depth, I know that I am learning all the time as we go along.
“So hopefully it will help us next year if we have something similar to do!
“It has really given us an insight into what the real fashion industry is like, and although we are all nervous about competing in London because it’s completely new for us, we are gaining valuable experience that will set us up for our future careers.”