Big Impact For 'Little Black Dress' At Clothes Show Live

Kedleston Road campus 504x257 Big Impact For 'Little Black Dress' At Clothes Show Live

Date posted: 11 December 2013

A perfect party outfit created for Clothes Show Live's 25th birthday bash by a University of Derby Fashion Studies student has scooped her a 'Young Designer of the Year' award.

Joanne Street's unique take on the 'little black dress' was one of ten shortlisted, from hundreds of original entries, for the category at the special annual Clothes Show Live event at Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre.

On the final day of the 25th anniversary Show yesterday (December 10) Joanne - a second-year on the University's BA (Hons) in Fashion Studies degree - was crowned its Young Designer of the Year.

She received £1,000 prize money for herself and a week's work experience with a top British designer, and has won a further £1,000 for the University's Fashion Studies degree at its Markeaton Street site in Derby.

The Clothes Show Live judges, including fashion designer Zandra Rhodes, were very taken with Joanne's modern twist on a party dress standby; which featured an exaggerated turtleneck, laser cut fabric inspired by the stained glass window of a Gothic church, and incorporated the show's logo and '25s' to mark its anniversary.

Joanne, 19, originally from Codsall, Staffordshire, said: "It was a surreal experience, as none of my designs have been on a catwalk like that before.

"When Zandra Rhodes announced my name it was an amazing feeling. It's all been a bit of a whirlwind and an unforgettable experience. I'd like to thank my tutors for all their help and support."

This is not Joanne's first high profile award. As a first year she won an Asda Graduate Fashion Week prize for her men's T-shirt designs.

Fiona Hawthorne, Senior Lecturer in Fashion Studies, added: "To win two highly competitive student fashion competitions like this in a row is terrific. We're very proud of her.

"Joanne's drive makes you wonder what she will accomplish in the third and final year of her degree course."

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