A FORMER Fashion student at Havering College is emerging as a new star of the catwalk after making it through to the finals of a prestigious tailoring competition.
Twenty-year-old Shannon Scott from Romford has been shortlisted for the prestigious Golden Shears Award.
Sometimes called the 'Oscars of the Tailoring World', the Golden Shears is given to the most promising student or apprentice tailor in the UK.
Shannon will attend a gala evening in London on Monday, March 16th to discover if she has won this coveted prize.
Shannon is one of 25 students and apprentices who have been shortlisted by a panel of high profile bespoke tailors, including the Head of Couture at Vivienne Westwood.
The winners will be decided by a celebrity panel including supermodel David Gandy, fashion designer Betty Jackson and actress Jennifer Saunders.
Shannon, who lives in Romford, completed a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design and HNC and HND Diplomas in Fashion & Textiles at Havering College in Hornchurch, Greater London. The former pupil of Marshalls Park School is currently studying a Fashion Design Technology Menswear course at the London College of Fashion.
Shannon said: "I have always been interested in tailoring as I like the traditional look of the tailored suit and I am interested in the amount of work which goes into making a suit. Once I have finished my degree I hope to do a tailoring apprenticeship."
Her former tutor, Havering College Head of Fashion Marie Loney said: "This event is very prestigious and I'm incredibly proud that one of our former students has been shortlisted. This is a very important showcase with celebrity status. This is a fantastic achievement for Shannon."
Havering College hopes Shannon will follow in the footsteps of Yan Zhang (pictured). Yan is a Havering College BA (Honours) Fashion Degree alumni who scooped the Rising Star Silver Shears Award at the Golden Shears Awards 2013.
Golden Shears 2015 judge David Gandy said: "Bespoke British tailoring is one of this country's great skills with expertise being passed from generation to generation. The Golden Shears Award encourages our future talent and I'm delighted to support it."
Fellow judge Betty Jackson said: "The pace of fashion is fast, exciting and very demanding and it is important that our schools and colleges provide the industry with the right skills and ideas to feed these demands. I look forward to being a part of the judging team this year for the Golden Shears Award to celebrate and encourage some of this bright new talent."
The Golden Shears is supported by CAPITB trust, Chivas and Savile Row Bespoke.