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Fashion student finalist in young designer contest

A fashion student from Banbury and Bicester College has been chosen as one the country’s top young designers.
Amie Twiner, from Brackley, was one of 10 finalists in the Young Designer of the Year Award 2014, which is run by the Clothes Show Live and is open to students aged 17 to 25.
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Amie’s design was inspired by 1960s London, and featured a monochrome mini skirt and top designed, pattern-cut and made by the 17-year-old Extended Diploma in Fashion student.
Amie 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.
“Having developed the mood boards for my design, I was asked to create the garments – which I had to do in just 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 have always wanted to work in fashion and this course has been a great way of developing my understanding of the industry and the skills required. I couldn’t sew before I started but now I am 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.”
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.