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News: Suc­cess for Sarah in Chi­na final

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Competition finalists (Sarah, second from left)
Competition finalists (Sarah, second from left)

Nottingham College Art and Design (Fashion) graduate, Sarah Gotheridge, has been named runner-up in the grand final of the SDC (Society of Dyers and Colourists) International Design Competition in China.

Tal­ent­ed Sarah, who grad­u­at­ed with a first-class degree from the Col­lege in June ear­li­er this year and is now study­ing a Mas­ters at Not­ting­ham Trent Uni­ver­si­ty, flew to Fujian Province last month to rep­re­sent the UK at the event, where her designs were judged against 13 oth­er final­ists from around the world.

The announce­ment was made at a pres­ti­gious awards event held as part of an inter­na­tion­al con­fer­ence in Xia­men, Chi­na. The con­fer­ence and awards cer­e­mo­ny includ­ed an exhi­bi­tion of the final­ists’ work and were attend­ed by more than 200 inter­na­tion­al del­e­gates from indus­try and academia.

It was Sarah’s 1930’s‑inspired red car­pet evening gown that caught the eye of the judges in the nation­al final ear­li­er this year, and which secured her a place at the inter­na­tion­al final. 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.

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 took place as part of an inter­na­tion­al con­fer­ence, Colour­ing the Future – A Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment of the Fash­ion Industry. 

Sarah Gotheridge with her winning gown
Sarah's winning garment

It was an absolute hon­our to rep­re­sent Not­ting­ham Col­lege and the UK in the final. The stan­dard of work from thir­teen dif­fer­ent coun­tries was incred­i­ble, and I was absolute­ly astound­ed to be named run­ner-up. To be hon­est I was just hap­py to be there and thor­ough­ly enjoyed get­ting to know my fel­low con­tes­tants — we had a won­der­ful time together. 

The SDC organ­ised a fan­tas­tic pro­gramme of events and we saw beau­ti­ful sites and learnt so much about the fash­ion and tex­tile indus­try. The whole time I was there I kept hav­ing to pinch myself, I still can’t quite believe it all hap­pened. I real­ly have had an amaz­ing year which has opened oppor­tu­ni­ties I nev­er dreamed pos­si­ble. I shall be for­ev­er grate­ful to Not­ting­ham Col­lege for encour­ag­ing me to enter the con­test, and for the help and sup­port of my tutors through­out my course. 

 — Sarah Gotheridge
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Sarah's designs on display at the conference

Tra­cy Cochrane, Mar­ket­ing Direc­tor at SDC, com­ment­ed: It was a great plea­sure to meet all the final­ists in this year’s SDC Inter­na­tion­al Design Com­pe­ti­tion. Par­tic­u­lar con­grat­u­la­tions to our win­ner and run­ners up. All three pro­duced stand-out entries.

The aim of the com­pe­ti­tion is edu­ca­tion, and our hosts in Chi­na had put in place a fan­tas­tic sched­ule which includ­ed vis­its to local tex­tile enter­pris­es. The whole expe­ri­ence of vis­it­ing Chi­na has ben­e­fit­ted the final­ists per­son­al­ly and pro­fes­sion­al­ly. We wish them all the best for the future.” 

Porn­pimon Wichai­wong, a stu­dent from Chi­ang Rai Rajab­hat Uni­ver­si­ty in Thai­land, was the over­all win­ner of the SDC Inter­na­tion­al Design Com­pe­ti­tion 2019, with her entry titled Save Amazon’.

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  • 13th December 2019 (2:06 PM)
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