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Selby College student reaches Young Designer of the Year final

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Published date 17 February 2016
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Emma’s Clothes Show design

Congratulations to Emma Buckley, Year 2 Fashion student from Selby College, who made it to the final 10 in The Clothes Show’s Young Designer of the Year competition in December.

Held as part of the Clothes Show exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham each year, the Young Designer of the Year competition is open to aspiring fashion designers ages 17-25. The brief for December was to design a ‘ready to wear’ garment inspired by the Tokyo fashion scene for a top blogger attending fashion week in Japan.

Feeling inspired, Emma, who is currently studying for a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design (Fashion Pathway) at Selby College, got to work on her idea and created a sketch. She submitted this design alongside a mood board that demonstrated her inspiration and progression, as well as a technical specification on how she could produce the final garment with material samples.

Speaking of the competition Emma said: “I love going to The Clothes Show and have always been aware of the Creative Awards they do. My mum is Japanese so when I saw the brief for the Young Designer competition it really appealed to me. It meant I could link my ideas to my own heritage, I spoke to my mum to get some ideas and she suggested incorporating a traditional Japanese pattern.”

Fashion Lecturer Kiku McNaughton said: “I am extraordinarily proud of Emma, her design fuses the contemporary style of Japanese culture with its history, she entered this competition on her own volition and the staff and students of Selby College have really got behind Emma and her design. The competition was open to university students and graduates so for Emma to be a top ten finalist is fantastic.”