Fashion students win in recycled clothing competition

24th March 2015 9:24pm - Return to press releases

Fashion students win in recycled clothing competition

East Riding College students took the top two places in a competition to create clothing exclusively from recycled materials.
Fashion student Chloe Frampton, 17, came first in the year 12 and 13 category of East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Let’s Waste Less Textiles contest with her purple, Victorian steam punk-style evening dress. Her prize was a dressmaking mannequin.
Kym Sadler, 31, a mature student from the College, was one of two runners-up, with her denim and cotton dress inspired by the 1950s era.
This year’s competition, held at the Treasure House in Beverley, drew the most entries so far – with 27 students from East Riding College, Bishop Burton College, Hessle High School and Driffield School displaying their most creative designs.

Fashion tutor Joy Verda said: “I’m delighted that our students did so well in this year’s competition. “Chloe and Kym have created beautiful dresses out of unwanted materials. They really do demonstrate their flair for design and dressmaking, not to mention their technical expertise.”

One of the most eye-catching dresses was made by Fiona Burton, 17, who also attends the College, who made her outfit out of dozens of used, dried teabags.
The prizes and certificates were presented by Cllr Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, who said: “It never ceases to amaze me what creations the students come up with, and year on year the quality of the entries just gets better.
“It’s great to see the young people getting something positive out of the competition, and I’d like to thank them all for taking part.”

All the entries were judged by Tracey Cassidy, a lecturer at the University of Huddersfield and a trained fashion designer, and Denise Davies, who has taught textiles for more than 20 years and is currently the chief examiner for AQA GCSE Textiles Technology and principal moderator for A-level Product Design: Textiles.

Denise said: “The entries were very imaginative and a very creative use of recycled fabrics. Some were quite theatrical as well, which was really interesting to see.”
Each year East Riding residents throw away up to 3,000 tonnes of clothing that could be sent to charity shops or reused – that is the equivalent of 3.7 million pairs of jeans.
The winning garments and accessories have been put on display to the public in the Treasure House for two weeks.

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