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Issue 479, 18 March 2002

Leeds scoops top fashion awards

University fashion students have been sweeping the board at nationwide fashion competitions this year with Leeds taking first and second place in one, a highly commended in another, and fielding nearly half the semi-finalists in a third.

Third-years Fay Williams and Faye Shephard took first and second prize in the Elle Creation Womenswear competition. Fay Williams won 1,000 and a work placement at Elle's head office for her simple but effective design of a red cotton-mix shift dress, secured with two side ties. The judges said that the design 'complemented the Elle ethos, catering for the young, modern woman'.

Successful design – Fay Williams (above right) and Faye Shephard (above left) with their designs, including the winning dress worn by a model.

Faye Shephard's design of a safari-inspired blue cotton chambray trouser suit gained her the second prize of 500. The University of Leeds had three other semi-finalists in the competition.

The T-shirt design which first-year Gabrielle Hopwood entered in the New Look competition gained a highly commended, winning Gabrielle 1,000 towards the cost of her final collection, as well as the possibility of a work placement and a visit to head office to meet the company's managing director.

Five of the twelve semi-final places in the British clothing industry suppliers association student design award were taken by Leeds second-year students.

Helen Shooter, Saleha Choudhury, Laura Nutter, Gillian Thewlis and Rosalyn Pollard are currently making up their outfits their brief is fun, but functional, golfwear to show in the finals on May 14.

Third-year students are also taking part in the Top Shop sponsored Prince's Trust graduate fashion event held at Battersea on June 11.

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