Courtney's Fantasy Fashion Collection Proves Real Hit

Kedleston Road campus 504x257 Courtney's Fantasy Fashion Collection Proves Real Hit

Date posted: 13 February 2013

The "inspirational" fashion designs of a University of Derby student have seen her reach the finals of the UK's largest student-run charity fashion show.

Courtney Blades, a third year BA (Hons) Fashion Studies student, is one of only five up-and-coming UK fashion designers whose collections will feature in the finalists' show of the 2013 Alfa Romeo Young Designer Award competition, this Saturday (February 16).

Sponsored by car manufacturer Alfa Romeo, the St Andrews Charity Fashion Show of the University of St Andrews in Fife, Scotland, has raised more than £300,000 for charity in 21 years of annual shows.

Courtney and other finalists were given a fairy tale and fantasy theme for their collections, which also had to incorporate elements from Alfa Romeo vehicle designs.

Courtney, 21, originally from Bedlington, Northumberland, said: "There is a lot more to designing even a small collection of five outfits than most people realise.

"They have to fit the 'brief', or theme, and say something different to the other collections, whilst also being wearable. It took me two months to complete the collection and I can't wait to see them on the catwalk, being worn by professional models, at Saturday's final."

If she is named the outright winner Courtney will receive a six week work placement with fashion label PPQ and prize money of £1,000.

Fiona Hawthorne, University Senior Lecturer in BA (Hons) Fashion Studies, added: "This is a very prestigious competition and Courtney has done exceptionally well, going up against other great young designers from around the UK, to reach the final five.

"The kind of creativity and drive she's demonstrated is what we try to instil in our students generally, so they will go on to succeed in a very competitive industry."

For more information about the 2013 Alfa Romeo Young Designer Award competition see website

To find out more about the University of Derby's Fashion degree course see website

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