Fashion & Textiles students enter prestigious Golden Shear Awards

Two students studying the Level 3 Foundation Art, Design and Media at Bridgwater College recently gained sponsorship from Fox Brothers & Co Ltd to enter the nationally renowned Savile Row Bespoke Tailoring competition, The Golden Shear Awards.

Gina Boswell and Karen Adams, who specialise in fashion and textiles, have sent off entries this week to the Awards. They will be competing against students from other colleges, universities and employed trainee tailors for their chance to be shortlisted for the finalist catwalk show in March 2015.

Gina Boswell, Lizzie Morrell and Karen Adams with Douglas Cordeaux, co-owner of Fox Brothers & Co Ltd.

To enter they have designed and manufactured a 2 piece tailored garment set that had to include a jacket, they also had to submit professionally marked patterns and an illustration of their final design. If they are successful in gaining a place in the final 24, their outfits will be showcased on the catwalk in front of a judging panel of industry professionals and celebrity guests with the chance to win up to £2500. The garments will be produced using fabric supplied by Fox Brothers & Co.

Becci McErlain, Programme Manager for Fashion and Textiles at Bridgwater College said,

“It is the first time the College has entered such a prestigious competition. We are keen to give our students as much as experience as possible in all areas of fashion and textiles and in particular building skills that have recently been highlighted by employers as in decline in order to support the huge industry and job roles available to our students in the future. The girls have worked exceptionally hard with support from staff to meet the high demands of skill required, and we all wish them the best of luck.”