28th Oct, 2016

Leamington student victorious in fashion competition

Ian Hughes 6th Aug, 2016 Updated: 13 hours ago

A STUDENT from Leamington dressed for success.

Kirsty Wise won a costume design competition set by disinfectant brand Zoflora, and the University of Huddersfield, where the 20 year-old Costume with Textiles degree.

Kirsty and her course mates were given a fun and unique brief, tasking them to design and make costumes for two high-profile events where Zoflora were sponsors.

The Yorkshire-based company asked students to design and make costumes to complement Zoflora’s gold medal winning Yorkshire-themed garden at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Hampton Court Flower Show.

The garments were then modelled on the catwalk at agricultural event the Great Yorkshire Show.

Kirsty partnered with fellow student Anne-Marie Stanworth and had just four weeks to create an outfit that referenced the picturesque county as well as incorporating elements of a new limited edition fragrance from Zoflora.

The detailed piece symbolised flowing water and tranquil meadows and included delicate fabrics which were stitched, printed and finished with bead work to create depth and detail. It was completed with a head piece which imitated the structure of a foxglove, and incorporated a hand-dyed veil which flowed past the waist.

Kirsty and Anne-Marie won £500.

Kirsty said: “It has been a fantastic experience and to see our costume on the catwalk at the Great Yorkshire Show was unbelievable.

“I am grateful to have been given this opportunity and it will certainly help towards my future career.”