Havering College

Havering College student Sarah Davis has been named Liberty Fashion Designer of the Year... and bagged an apprenticeship.

The 18-year-old was up against budding designers from across Essex and East London for the 2013 competition which culminated in a catwalk show at the Liberty Shopping Centre in Romford.

Participants from more than 170 schools, colleges and universities were given the brief to make a key garment for spring/summer 2014.

Sarah, who took her inspiration from the Olympics, received a trophy and an 18-month apprenticeship with Fashion Capital - an online support network for the fashion industry.

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She said: "I was so shocked when I heard my name called out as the winner. I feel excited and privileged to have won an apprentcieship with Fashion Capital and I am really lokking forward to it.

"I got my inspiration from the Olympics, then lots of ideas started to flow.I have had great support from my college and tutor, also my friuends and parents."

Her classmate Chantelle Marie Hay, 18, won the Marks & Spencer apprenticeship category.

Havering College curriculum manager for Fashion Marie Loney said: "This is a fantastic achievement for Sarah and Chantelle and we are delighted with the apprenticeship offers from the employers. I sure both students will agree their many hours of hard work in designing and producing their garments has really paid off."

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