DEGREE SHOWS '09 Laura’s Love Of British Classics Puts Her In Fashion Awards’ Finals

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Date posted: 2 June 2009

A fashion student who overcame disability to complete her degree course has also been shortlisted for a prestigious award.

Laura Fox, 23, and fellow BA (Hons) Fashion Studies degree students will see their clothes designs modeled at the University of Derby Graduate Fashion Show, at Derby Assembly Rooms, on Thursday 4 June. It is the first event in the University’s 2009 Degree Shows, featuring the work of graduating students from a range of courses.

Laura has been at the University for five years, completing her degree and a Diploma of Professional Practice. She has had work placements at fashion houses Burberry and George at Asda, and at Leicester based lifestyle magazine 69.

Her determination has now doubly paid off – with Laura successfully finishing her studies and being shortlisted for the 2009 Midlands Young Fashion Designer Awards, in the ‘ready to wear’ category.

Laura, of Duffield, Derbyshire, chose ‘British Heritage’ for her shortlisted collection’s theme.

Inspired by her work placement at Burberry she used traditional British fabrics, such as Harris Tweed and oilskin, to give classic designs a contemporary twist. Laura wants her collection to help promote the British textile manufacturing industry.

She said: “I am really looking forward to the Graduate Fashion Show, it is the first time a collection I have designed will be shown on a catwalk.

"I know that from all the hard work put in by myself, fellow students and the tutors, the show will be a great success. Getting through to the finals of the Midlands Young Fashion Designer Awards is a brilliant end to my five years of study".

“Having finished my undergraduate degree I’d now like to do the University’s Masters (MA) degree course in Advanced Practice and Theories, so that I can better pursue my idea of promoting traditional British fabrics and designs within the industry.”

Fiona Hawthorne, Joint Programme Leader for Fashion at the University, added: “Laura has had more to overcome than most of my students to complete her degree, but she is a very determined individual.

“I’m delighted that’s now been rewarded with a finalist’s place in the 2009 Midlands Young Fashion Designer Awards and I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for her.”

Laura will find out if she has won her category’s award at a finalists’ fashion show at the Novotel Hotel, Birmingham, on Saturday 24 October.

The University’s annual Degree Shows celebrate the final year work done for courses such as music technology, crafts, fashion, textiles, fine art, photography, film, design, theatre, visual communications, architecture, creative expressive therapies and art therapy. Events run from Thursday 4 June to Saturday 13 June.

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