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News: Fash­ion stu­dent crowned region­al win­ner of inter­na­tion­al design competition

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Sarah Gotheridge and her winning gown
Sarah Gotheridge and her winning gown

A Fashion student from the College has beaten off stiff competition from university-level students across the region to win the midlands heat of the SDC (Society of Dyers and Colourists) International Design Competition.

Fash­ion and tex­tile design under­grad­u­ates from across the world were invit­ed to enter the com­pe­ti­tion, which this year is themed on Colour and Nature. Sarah Gotheridge, who is study­ing BA (Hons) Art & Design at the College’s City cam­pus in the Lace Mar­ket, designed a red car­pet evening gown, fea­tur­ing bright­ly coloured ani­mals and insects includ­ing chameleons, lady­birds and a monkey.

Sarah, who is 45 from Mick­leover in Der­byshire, will now progress to the nation­al stage of the com­pe­ti­tion in York on the 10th May, and if suc­cess­ful will go on to com­pete in the glob­al grand final, which takes place lat­er this year with final­ists from around the world.

She said: I was absolute­ly gob­s­macked to win, I’m over the moon, and this is the first time the Col­lege has won this award so I feel real­ly proud about that. I’ve received so much sup­port from my tutors and I’m so grate­ful that they encour­aged me to enter the competition.

Sarah Gotheridge

My inspi­ra­tion behind the design and why it’s so vivid and bright came about as I was research­ing the top­ic and found out a real­ly inter­est­ing fact about chameleons. I always believed that they changed colour to adapt to their sur­round­ings, when in actu­al fact they change colour accord­ing to their mood, so when they are excit­ed they turn neon green!

When you think about the colours of nature, you often think about quite mut­ed colours, but actu­al­ly nature is very often an explo­sion of colour and that’s what I 

want­ed to cap­ture in my piece. I absolute­ly love 1930’s design so I want­ed to emu­late the sil­hou­ette of this style; and for this I used a crêpe mate­r­i­al to give it a love­ly flow and drape-like feel.” 

The com­pe­ti­tion aims to help entrants devel­op their under­stand­ing of colour and the chal­lenges around sus­tain­abil­i­ty in the tex­tile sup­ply chain. 

Sarah added: With a show­piece like this you could prob­a­bly only wear it once, which from a sus­tain­abil­i­ty point of view is a com­plete waste. With that in mind I cre­at­ed three sep­a­rate gar­ments a blouse, a skirt and a train, which can all be worn indi­vid­u­al­ly — but come togeth­er to cre­ate an evening gown. I’m all about mak­ing real­ly good qual­i­ty gar­ments that are going to last, and I’m so pleased with the final piece.

The two-month project was a lengthy one but I’ve enjoyed the whole process, it’s real­ly brought out my cre­ativ­i­ty, and to win is like the cher­ry on top. I’m now real­ly, real­ly excit­ed about the next stage – I can­not wait! 

 — Sarah Gotheridge

The SDC Inter­na­tion­al Design Com­pe­ti­tion focus­es on colour edu­ca­tion for fash­ion and design stu­dents. This year’s stan­dard of work from all the stu­dents was incred­i­bly high, but Sarah was a stand-out win­ner of the Mid­lands heat. She took on board the theme and pro­duced a beau­ti­ful dress as part of her entry. We look for­ward to see­ing her at the UK final. 

 — Tra­cy Cochrane, Mar­ket­ing Direc­tor at SDC
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  • 22nd March 2019 (3:14 PM)
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