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Tulasi wins national design accolade

29 June 2018

Further to our news that Year 11 student Tulasi Parmar had been selected as a finalist in a national fashion design competition, we are delighted to announce that she has been crowned overall winner of the North and Midlands category, fending off competition from eight other finalists in the GCSE category. 

The Young Fashion Designer of the Year UK is a national fashion design competition which encourages aspiring designers to display their work externally, outside of the constraints of a classroom. The competition focuses on enhancing work achieved at GCSE and A Level. 

The rigorous selection process day hosted, by Royal Grammar School Worcester, required Tulasi to set up a display of her work ready for critical appraisal, before being interviewed by a panel of four judges on a variety of aspects of their work ranging from their inspiration, the properties of the fibres and fabrics to how their garment could be manufactured in industry.  Throughout the interviews, Tulasi stayed calm and gave well considered answers.

Tulasi’s winning design is a unique and futuristic piece of work. She explained, “My garment showcases patch-piece with fabrics that I made herself using a heat-press, with multiple layers of PVC and lace, as well as components such as red LED lights and 3D printed buttons.”

The occasion also gave finalists the opportunity to share ideas and explore their talents further. Multiple workshops were offered, such as knitting, and a display of portfolios created by students who go on to study fashion, art or textiles at higher education and an option to see prototypes for new atelier work added another element to the day.
Tulasi said, “It is a real honour to have been selected as the North and Midlands Young Fashion Designer of the Year, and I am looking forward to developing my skills in the coming years. I would like to thank teachers Mrs Mooney, Mrs Harris and Miss Cummings for all of their support.”

Well done, Tulasi! The standard of all competitors was extremely high and the feedback she received from the judges demonstrates her natural abilities as well as the commitment she has given to the design and manufacture of her product. We offer her our congratulations once again and look forward to seeing what she accomplishes at A Level. 

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