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Hats off to winning fashion students

FASHION students and their tutors at Havering College are celebrating a hat trick of success in The Liberty Romford Fashion Designer of the Year competition.

Abbie Dann, who is studying for a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Fashion, was named joint winner by judges from top retailer Marks & Spencer and leading fashion house, Fashion Capital. for her stunning printed dress with a cowl back.

 Liberty Fashion Contest winners  Joint 1st Abbie Dann
 2nd place Sophie Peppitt  3rd place Chelsea Fortune


The 18-year-old Harold Hill resident, who designed a stunning printed dress with cowl back, will share the crown with Lisa Ndlovu, 15, a pupil at Chase High School in Westcliff-on-Sea.

Havering College student Sophie Peppitt, 18, from Dagenham, impressed with a fifties-style fitted black and white dress to take her place on the podium as runner-up.

Classmate Chelsea Fortune, 18, from Romford, took third place with an orange and blue print dress.

The four winning designs were put on display in the Romford M & S store and the teenagers are looking forward to their prize of work experience with the visual merchandise and marketing team at the London head office of M & S.

The competition, run by The Liberty Shopping Centre Romford in association with M&S, was open to schools, colleges and universities in Havering, East London and across Essex. It culminated with a catwalk show before hundreds of shoppers on Friday.

Abbie said: “I was really surprised when they announced I was joint winner. I am very, very happy with the result. Havering College has been a great experienced for me and now I am hoping to go on to university.”

Kellie Dunmow – store manager at Romford M & S said: “The biggest inspiration for me is the age group of all of the students who participated in this competition. They created impressive products to a high standard. It overwhelming that there is talent like this in Essex and we need to recognise it.”

Fashion Capital’s Syreeta McQueen said: “The use of colour and styling was excellent. The designs were all commercially viable.”

Havering College curriculum manager for Fashion Marie Loney said: “I am extremely proud that ten of our students made it through to the catwalk final with their designs. It was an exciting for them to see their dresses being modelled on the catwalk.”

For further information on fashion courses at Havering College call Threshold Services on 01708 462801 or email information@havering-college.ac.uk 

• Fashionistas can see more cutting edge designs at the Havering College End of Year Creative Arts Show at the Havering College Ardleigh Green Campus on Tuesday, June 19, at 5pm.

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