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10th May 2017

Six students from Hull School of Art & Design are setting their sights high in the finals of not one, but two major UK Fashion competitions.

All of the students are currently studying their 3rd year of the BA (Hons) Fashion programme at Hull School of Art & Design and have carried on the school’s long legacy of contest success by being chosen to compete in the Bridal Buyers and the British Fur competitions.

Amy Coomber, Cydnee Mulligan, Laura Cottom and Alice Edmondson have all had their designs chosen for the Bridal Buyers Competition and Jena Twigg has successfully reached the finals of the British Fur contest.

Cloie Hockney, the 6th student to make up the numbers has been successful in BOTH competitions.

Held annually, the Bridal Buyers competition is the most prestigious contest for the Bridal Wear industry and becoming a finalist alone is something to boost students’ career options following graduation. The 2017 competition saw universities across the UK issued with a design brief to utilise the designers’ favourite film. 18 students from Hull School of Art & Design submitted entries and from this 18, five were selected to compete in the finals thanks to their designs inspired by Finding Nemo, Labyrinth, Monte Carlo, Get him to the Greek and The Dark Knight Rises.

These unique and creative bridal designs have strayed away from the ‘norm’ and sees innovative techniques such as Amy Coomber’s Escher inspired Twisted Perspective dress, Cydnee Mulligans ruffle filled gown, Laura Cottom’s Greek style dress filled with dark colours and heavy beading, Alice Edmondson’s reflection on nature, utilising designs based on Coral from Finding Nemo to Cloie’s designs reflecting the incredible skyline of Batman’s Gotham City.

Student Laura Cottom said, “The fact that I have been selected as one of the 12 finalists for a competition will show to other designers that people see potential in my designs and they have confidence in me, which will hopefully lead to a job. The college really does encourage us to compete and our materials are all paid for which really helps.”

Now in its 13th year, the British Fur Design competition is another prestigious contest featuring 2 Hull students as finalists. The annual competition offers UK fashion students the opportunity to explore the use of fur, by being creative and innovative and discovering the many possibilities that fur gives the designer. The 2017 competition seeks designers with bright new ideas who can show the creativity to bond fur with the hottest fashion trends.

34 year old Fashion student Jena Twigg submitted designs for the competition and alongside Cloie Hockney, which were successfully picked out of the applicants from across the UK as a finalist.

Jena said, “I entered the British Fur competition because I wanted to learn every trade possible to help me in my career as a teacher. I didn’t expect to get through so when I did I was so happy. My theme is romance and I wanted my design to be unique so I created a fur ball dress as they are quite rare. Winning is not the main aim for me, learning the skills is more important to me.”

Cloie Hockney has shown incredible skills with her designs and has been chosen as a finalist in both of these competitions.

Cloie, 21, is no stranger to design competitions and recently made it to the UK finals of The Clothes Show Live and says entering the Bridal Buyers and the British Fur competitions was a deliberate step in her chosen career.

Cloie said, “When I graduate I want to move into designing bridal wear, so to be chosen for this competition will really boost my career options.”

“For the Bridal Buyers contest I chose The Dark Knight Rises and again used the skylines for my designs, and for the British Fur competition I chose Hull’s buildings because of 2017, using the lines of the buildings for inspiration of the garments.”

Lynn Benson Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Fashion said, “The British Fur Design competition encourages students to create designs which incorporate fur techniques within the design process. The CEO of the National Fur Council visited the students and gave a talk about the contest and following the submissions, 2 of the final 10 chosen across the UK are from Hull School of Art & Design. The designs are innovative and show students perspective on how to create garments which highlight decorative fur techniques and woven fabric to create a unique final garment.”

“The whole group of students are incredibly creative and they think individually and outside of the box. The competitions are vital as it prepares them for the fast pace of working to a client brief and the pressures that come with employment. Graduates from the BA (Hons) Fashion degree who have participated in competitions find it strengthens their portfolio, showing potential employers they are willing to work outside of their comfort zones and try new things.”

“BA (Hons) Fashion students have been commissioned by several clients as part of Hull City of Culture 2017. The projects include a window display in House of Fraser for one year, and this is the first time the House of Fraser has offered this opportunity to students to display their work within a store in the UK.  Displays so far have covered 1920’s jackets, millinery from the 1930’s, lingerie, bridal wear, beadwork and alternative bridal dresses. The feedback has been incredible from the public and buyers, and the senior management of House of Fraser, who used our students as a flagship example of how to engage with colleges.”

“The BA (Hons) Fashion degree at Hull School of Art & Design prepares students for all facets of the fashion industry. “