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News: Tal­ent­ed fash­ion stu­dent wins her way to glob­al final in China

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Fash­ion stu­dent, Sarah Gotheridge, from Not­ting­ham Col­lege, impressed indus­try judges at the nation­al final of the SDC (Soci­ety of Dyers and Colourists) Inter­na­tion­al Design Com­pe­ti­tion where she beat off stiff com­pe­ti­tion to be crowned the nation­al winner.

Region­al final­ists from across the coun­try joined Sarah, 45 from Mick­leover, at the event held at the his­toric Mer­chant Adven­tur­ers’ Hall in York on the 10th May, which was attend­ed by 150 guests from around the world. Sarah will now progress to the SDC glob­al grand final in Chi­na lat­er this year, com­pet­ing against 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 based on Colour and Nature.

Sarah, who is study­ing BA (Hons) Art & Design at the College’s City cam­pus in the Lace Mar­ket, designed a full-length red car­pet evening gown, fea­tur­ing bright­ly coloured flow­ers, ani­mals and insects, includ­ing chameleons, lady­birds, and a monkey.

She said:

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. 

 — Sarah Gotheridge
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Sarah with her winning design at the College.

Com­ment­ing on her award win, she said:

I am absolute­ly thrilled to have won and still can’t quite believe it. I felt real­ly proud to rep­re­sent Not­ting­ham Col­lege and the Mid­lands in the UK Final of the SDC con­test. The stan­dard of the final­ists’ work was real­ly high, so I was real­ly sur­prised and hon­oured to win. 

It was a won­der­ful day in York, and I felt hap­py just to be there, so to be cho­sen to rep­re­sent the UK at the inter­na­tion­al final is just absolute­ly amaz­ing — I can’t wait to go to Chi­na. It’s all just so excit­ing and I couldn’t be happier! 

 — Sarah Gotheridge

Tra­cy Cochrane, Mar­ket­ing Direc­tor at SDC, commented: 

The SDC Inter­na­tion­al Design Com­pe­ti­tion attracts hun­dreds of entries from fash­ion and design stu­dents around the world. In the UK we hold five region­al heats, and it was great to wel­come the final­ists to our recent UK final. The stan­dard of work was incred­i­bly high, and we have a very wor­thy win­ner in Sarah Gotheridge. 

We look for­ward to see­ing Sarah at the glob­al grand final which takes place lat­er this year in Chi­na, where she will be rep­re­sent­ing the UK, com­pet­ing against the final­ists from 13 oth­er countries. 

Tra­cy Cochrane — Mar­ket­ing Direc­tor at SDC

Not­ting­ham Col­lege Art & Design BA (Hons) Course Leader, Liz Libor, accom­pa­nied Sarah to the final in York. She said: 

I was absolute­ly delight­ed to wit­ness Sarah’s tri­umph and to see her work and tal­ent applaud­ed by judges and indus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives alike. It was heart-warm­ing to see that all Sarah’s hard work and deter­mi­na­tion had paid off, and that lead­ing fig­ures in the field of tex­tiles and print­ing were heap­ing praise upon her cre­ative designs and pre­dict­ing a bright future for her mov­ing for­ward in the indus­try. We are so proud of Sarah and of the exam­ple she offers to oth­er stu­dents — work hard, nur­ture your tal­ent and believe that all oppor­tu­ni­ties can lie open to you regard­less of your back­ground, age, eth­nic­i­ty or gen­der, if you have the self-belief and deter­mi­na­tion to succeed. 

Liz Libor — Not­ting­ham Col­lege Art & Design BA (Hons) Course Leader

Pho­to­graph cour­tesy of Dean Smith.

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  • 17th May 2019 (2:17 PM)
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