Big Day For Jacqui's Beautiful Bridalwear Design

Kedleston Road campus 504x257 Big Day For Jacqui's Beautiful Bridalwear Design

Date posted: 15 March 2013

A Fashion Studies student who once designed bridesmaids' dresses for her own wedding has now seen a bridal gown she created take First place in a prestigious national contest.

Jacqui Luker, 49, a third-year student on the University of Derby's BA (Hons) Fashion Studies degree course, won the 'Best Student Designer' category at the Bridal Buyer Awards 2013, at the Harrogate Bridal Show. The annual Awards, which also feature other categories, is sponsored by Bridal Buyer magazine.

There were 12 student finalists in Jacqui's contest category (sponsored by bridal designer Ian Stuart and the magazine) including from Hull College of Art & Design, the University of Huddersfield and Sheffield Hallam University.

She and other finalists had to design and make a full bridal outfit, with six of the gowns then being chosen to be modelled on the catwalk in front of industry experts and guests, as part of the annual British Bridal Exhibition in Harrogate (March 10 to 12).

Jacqui, of Windmill Lane, Ashbourne, said her path into fashion design had been unconventional.

She added: "I actually trained as an accountant, and worked for major companies including DuPont and ICI, before starting up my own property company. But I had always been interested in sewing and making clothes, from my teddy bears when I was young to designing the bridemaids' dresses for my own wedding.

"I decided that if I wanted to study fashion it was now or never. The University tutors have been very helpful throughout my degree course, and the fashion studio technicians and graphics designer at Derby were great when it came to turning my design for the Bridal Buyer Awards into a real outfit."

Jacqui will complete her course this summer (2013) and is interested in joining a fashion house on the pattern cutting side of the industry.

Fiona Hawthorne, Senior Lecturer in Fashion Studies at the University, said: "Producing beautiful bridalwear requires incredible skill on the part of a fashion designer, as every bride wants to look perfect on her wedding day.

"Jacqui has done so well to win this category, and in front of professional bridalwear designers and buyers from all over the UK."

For more information about the Bridal Buyer Awards 2013 see website

To learn more about the University of Derby's Fashion Studies degree course see website

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