THE most promising Clothing Design and Technology students were honoured at Hollings’ annual showcase day.
Retail giants including Marks and Spencer, Matalan, Primark and George at Asda presented awards of up to £1,000 to outstanding students across a variety of courses.
Second year BA (Hons) Clothing Design and Technology student Kelly Cook received the Marks and Spencer Award for Excellence in Technology, in recognition of her innovative pattern cutting.
She was presented with a cheque for £1,000 by M&S technical manager Linda Millard, who said Kelly’s dress was “one of the best projects she had ever seen”.
19 year-old Katrina Massos, who is also in her second year of the BA (Hons) Clothing Design and Technology degree, was given the £1,000 Matalan Award for Excellence in Quality and Technology for her sportswear-inspired men’s jacket, which included panels of perforated leather inspired by Alexander Wang.
Three runners up each received £100 of Matalan vouchers. They were Natasha Goforth, Robynne Adair and Rosie Pedley.
First year BA (Hons) Fashion Design and Technology student Claire Deakin received the George at Asda Award for Excellence in Garment Technology and Construction for a blouse she created which combined elements of 1950s and contemporary styling.
“I was quite surprised to win, I didn’t expect it at all,” said Claire.
Three final year students from the course were chosen by Primark to head out to India this summer as part of a Craft Cluster Initiative research project. They were Hannah Morris, Janet Kulke and Morgan Evans. Hollings has recently been approved as a preferred partner by the Indian Ministry of Textiles.
MSc Clothing Product Development student Melissa Barker worked with top secret materials and used research into chimney flue design to create a fighter pilot jacket which was chosen to win the £1,000 RFD Beaufort Award for Innovation in Functional Clothing Design.
Other winners included:
• The Drapers Company Henry Dixon Award for Technical Textiles: Brogan Woodward, BSc (Hons) Fashion Materials and Technology
• Jane Robson Award: Javier Zunia-San-Emerito, BSc (Hons) International Clothing Technology and Design
• FedEx Business Project Award: Boyscout (Corrie Davies and Kevin Ma), BSc (Hons) Fashion Buying
• JD Williams Award: Shan-Marie Chew, MSc Strategic Fashion Buying
• Research Poster Award: Christine Owen, BA (Hons) Clothing Design and Technology
• H2E Award: Boyscout (Corrie Davies and Kevin Ma), BSc (Hons) Fashion Buying
Colin Renfrew, Dean of Hollings, spoke about the changing expectations of students, and said: “It is satisfying to know and work in a place like Hollings where the partnerships with industry go back many years.
"It is extremely important that we not only maintain but expand our industry partnerships.”
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