Issue date: 18 December 2008
A student from the University of the West of England has scooped the award 'Young Stylist of the Year' at The Clothes Show 2008.
Third Year Fashion student Joanna Wills is delighted as it is her ambition to become a Fashion Stylist. Joanna entered her designs into a competition sponsored by Maybelline where she had to show off photographs creating a New York winter look for day and evening wear.
Joanna explains, “My entry was selected for the final three. It was so exciting to get this far but to win is wonderful and will be brilliant for my future portfolio.
“For the final part of the competition we were given a rail of clothes and told to come up with a day to evening wear outfit in just 45 minutes. I decided to go for a colour blocking idea using a bright purple skirt, grey tights, pink shoes and lots of different textures finished off with an array of vintage brooches and a big leather bag. We also had to design hair and make up which was a new experience for me.”
The prize is the chance to do a whole photo shoot for 'Glamour' magazine. Joanna continues, “This prize presents me with a fantastic opportunity to do a fashion shoot in a professional environment. Fashion Styling is notoriously difficult to get into but I'm sure that this experience will give me the edge when I apply for work in the area next year.”
Programme Leader for Fashion, Adrian Grandon, said, “We are all delighted with Joanna's well deserved success in this competition. Fashion Styling is a difficult area to make your mark and the competition is very stiff. At UWE we always encourage our students to enter competitions as there are good opportunities for the most talented to get spotted. Joanna's prize will give her a winning portfolio that she can take with her when she seeks work in this area at the end of her final year.”
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