College student is sew up for national award

Ana-Maris Pitis will display her handmade dress at the Fashion Embroidery and Stitch Show at the NEC in Birmingham next month. NNL-150213-153933001
Ana-Maris Pitis will display her handmade dress at the Fashion Embroidery and Stitch Show at the NEC in Birmingham next month. NNL-150213-153933001

A fashion student from Banbury and Bicester College has been chosen as a finalist for a national dress making and fashion award.

Ana-Maria Pitis, 18, is in her second year studying fashion and styling level three extended diploma, and is one of only 15 finalists for the National Dressmaking Award, which is run by Sewing for Pleasure.

All finalists exhibit their work at the Fashion, Embroidery and Stitch Show at the NEC in Birmingham from March 19-22.

The winner of the competition will be anounced during the four-day event.

Ana-Maria said: “I’m really excited about going to the NEC and showing my work. I really didn’t think I would be a finalist.

“But entering this competition has given me valuable experience and will be a great addition to my portfolio.

“My garment was inspired by a futuristic theme. In the process of designing my dress, I visualised the way our planet could look in the next century; everyday, we find endless new uses of metal, which is why I chose silver foiling printing as the dominant characteristic in the dress.”

Entrants had to demonstrate their sewing skills by creating a garment, submit photos of their work accompanied by a 50-word statement about what inspired them.

Not only will Ana-Maria have a stand exhibiting the dress that she made, her work will be showcased on the catwalk.

Kathy Johnson, fashion course leader at Banbury and Bicester College, said: “Ana-Maria is such a hard worker, so this is a great achievement for her. It really demonstrates her commitment and passion for fashion.”

The Fashion, Embroidery and Stitch Show will feature some of the country’s top textile talents in one place, and include a vast range of fabric and embellishment supplies.

There will also be workshops and galleries. Visitwww.fashionembroidery.co.uk/birmingham/