Young Fashion Designer of the Year

Fashion Designer of the Year Young Fashion Designer UK is a national competition established in 2010. The competition focuses on enhancing the talent of Young Fashion Designers to showcase and promote the exceptional work produced by GCSE AS A2 and BTEC students studying Fashion and Textiles throughout the UK. The competition is hosted at two centres, a South and a Midlands venue. Students enter by submitting 3 pages of assessed work produced in the school year. A team of industry professionals judge the entries and invite eighteen finalists to attend the final to exhibit their work.  At the final, students are required to present their work to 4 judges throughout the day.

Amy Whittaker in Year 11 received Highly Commended for her project about Androgynous Street Style, Phoebe Abbott in 6-1 was invited to attend the final to exhibit her Couture project inspired by nature, and Zahra Al Najjar 6-1 was invited to attend the final to exhibit her project inspired by architectural form.

The final was an exciting and inspiring day with opportunities to take part in workshops , meet previous winners and hear about their current university courses at Central St Martins, University for The Creative Arts and University of Westminster.  The standard was extremely high and the interview process with the judges was intense.

Phoebe Abbott was a runner up in the final on the day and Zahra, 6-1 scooped the much coveted first prize and title of Young Fashion Designer UK 2017. Next steps for Zahra will be applying to study Fashion at university and taking part in a YFDUK catwalk presentation at the NEC in Birmingham.