Hard work pays off for young designer

Amie Twiner is pictured with her design which was shown at the Clothes Show Live NNL-141218-101123001
Amie Twiner is pictured with her design which was shown at the Clothes Show Live NNL-141218-101123001

An aspiring fashion student at Banbury and Bicester College has been chosen as one of the country’s top young designers.

Seventeen-year-old Amie Twiner was one of ten finalists in the Young Designer of the Year Award, which is run by Clothes Show Live and open to students aged between 17 and 25.

Amie, who lives in Brackley and is doing an extended diploma in fashion, said: “This project has given me some really good experience, and is something I can add to my portfolio which will help me when it comes to taking my next steps in the industry.

“I have always wanted to work in fashion and this course has been a great way of developing my understanding and the skills required.”

Entrants were invited to design an outfit that embodied the style of a city renowned for fashion, inspired by a new range of fragrances produced by So...? Amie’s design was inspired by 1960s London, and featured a monochrome mini skirt and top designed, pattern-cut and made by herself.

The Clothes Show Creative Awards Programme is designed to help students get involved with leading fashion brands and produce work suitable for their end of year course portfolios.

It is the second year running that students from Banbury and Bicester College have been chosen as finalists in the competition.

Amie added: “Having developed the mood boards for my design, I was asked to create the garments – which I had to do in five days.

“It was a tough challenge and I put in some late nights working on my outfit with my sewing machine at home, but seeing my design on the catwalk at Clothes Show Live was very satisfying.

“I couldn’t sew before I started but am now able to create my own outfits, having used software packages to develop and present concepts and designs. I am hoping to study fashion illustration at university next year.”