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News: Sarah pre­pares for glob­al final in China

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After win­ning the nation­al final of the SDC (Soci­ety of Dyers and Colourists) Inter­na­tion­al Design Com­pe­ti­tion ear­li­er this year, Not­ting­ham Col­lege Art and Design (Fash­ion) grad­u­ate, Sarah Gotheridge, is get­ting ready to com­pete in the glob­al grand final in Chi­na on 1 December. 

Sarah is trav­el­ling to Fujian Province on 28 Novem­ber to rep­re­sent the UK at the event, where her designs will be judged at the high­est lev­el against 13 oth­er final­ists from around the world.

The Inter­na­tion­al Design Com­pe­ti­tion is SDC’s annu­al flag­ship con­test, engag­ing with hun­dreds of stu­dents, uni­ver­si­ties and design­ers glob­al­ly. This year’s theme was Colour and Nature, and the final takes place as part of an inter­na­tion­al con­fer­ence, Colour­ing the Future – A Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment of the Fash­ion Indus­try. It was Sarah’s 1930’s‑inspired red car­pet evening gown that caught the eye of the judges in the nation­al final, which took place in York back in May. 

Sarah Gotheridge and her winning gown

The stun­ning full-length gar­ment, which Sarah designed and pro­duced her­self from scratch, is made from a crêpe mate­r­i­al and scat­tered with bright­ly coloured flow­ers, ani­mals and insects, includ­ing chameleons, lady­birds, but­ter­flies and monkeys.

I’m so excit­ed. It’s an hon­our to be rep­re­sent­ing my col­lege and the UK in a sub­ject I’m pas­sion­ate about. What­ev­er the out­come, I’m thrilled and I hope I can do every­one proud. 

 — Sarah Gotheridge

The 46-year-old from Mick­leover in Der­byshire has just grad­u­at­ed with a first-class BA (Hons) Art & Design (Fash­ion) degree at Not­ting­ham Col­lege, and has now pro­gressed to a Mas­ters at Not­ting­ham Trent University. 

Look­ing back over the last year, I can’t quite believe it as it’s been so amaz­ing. It felt like a risk to go back into edu­ca­tion as a mature stu­dent, but my lec­tur­ers have been so encour­ag­ing and sup­port­ive. With­out them I wouldn’t have got this far. 

 — Sarah

Not­ting­ham Col­lege Art & Design BA (Hons) Course Leader, Liz Libor, said: From cre­ative design through to man­u­fac­ture, Sarah aston­ished both teach­ing staff and the judges of the SDC com­pe­ti­tion by her con­cepts, design abil­i­ty, eye for colour and qual­i­ty of sketch­books and fin­ished pieces.

She has worked incred­i­bly hard, achieved an excep­tion­al body of work and served as an out­stand­ing ambas­sador, both for the course and for the Col­lege. We are all excit­ed to see how far she gets, although even just to expe­ri­ence show­cas­ing her work on an inter­na­tion­al stage will be thrilling!” 

Along­side her stud­ies, Sarah also makes hand­made laven­der bags for Kew Gar­dens and runs a suc­cess­ful online busi­ness sell­ing unique vin­tage bags and purses. 

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  • 26th November 2019 (2:13 PM)
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