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Textiles student shortlisted for national design competition

08 June 2018

We were delighted to learn that Year 11 student Tulasi has made it through to the final of a national fashion design competition.

The Young Fashion Designer UK (YFD UK) competition focuses on enhancing the talent of young fashion designers to showcase and promote the work achieved by GCSE, A Level, and students aged 11-14 studying textiles design, product design and fashion throughout the United Kingdom. 

Technological advances afford fashion designers a range of special effects, properties, textures and finishes to create products that push the boundaries of textile product design. Tulasi was given a detailed design brief with a specific requirement to focus on the use of technology within the production of modern fabrics and components: “You have been asked by a modern art gallery to design and make a futuristic textile product inspired by modern fabrics, components and technologies that will appeal to the visitors in the gallery gift shop.”

Tulasi immediately took up the challenge, investigating the design brief, creating mood-boards and trend forecasts for research, before sketching and drawing her own designs using a mix of media. She then created a prototype before manufacturing the final piece. 

The resulting garment - a uniquely-shaped jacket - showcases quilting which she created using a textile that she had also designed and made herself by using a heat press and layers of PVC. The garment also incorporates 3D printing and LED lights.

The finals will take place on 23 June at the Royal Grammar School in Worcester. Good luck, Tulasi!

More information about YFD UK
 

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