STUDENT designers had the chance to show off their talents at the Young Fashion Designer of the Year Awards 2011.
The show was themed to the brief ‘Alexander McQueen, Distorting the body or Origami’ and produced some unique work.
More than 50 students from three age groups made it to the final with students taking part from MK College, MK Academy, Hazeley School, Walton High, Lord Grey, Stantonbury Campus and St Paul’s Catholic School.
After submitting their designs for assessment the judges then saw the students’ work in the flesh – and they were not disappointed.
After deliberation the winner from the Years 8 and 9 category was Walton High’s, Liberty Bowler.
The Year 10 and 11 category produced two winners in Gemma Bowker and Lizzy Dyson from Stantonbury Campus. Their work was so good judges said it could have graced a professional catwalk.
In the Year 12 and 13 category Farida Attia from Milton Keynes Academy was the worthy winner.
And in a special step, taken due to the high level and volume of outstanding entries, a special commendation was given on the night to Yeh Hoang Quach from Walton High.
Centre manager for Midsummer Place, Martin Hindson, said “This is a great opportunity to display and celebrate the young talent of Milton Keynes and we are already getting excited about the event for next year. We are pleased that Midsummer Place can support this type of occasion.
“I would like to thank all the students that entered for the unbelievable amount of effort and time that they put in. Congratulations to all the winners and we hope to see you all again next year.”
A special mention goes to those who made the show possible, including; Caffé Italia; Debenhams; MKFM; Style Magazine, which is published by Premier Newspapers, MK Academy and the centre management team.
> Pictured: Winning design (Year 12 and 13 category) by Farida Attia of Milton Keynes Academy