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Fashion students have designs on the top prize

Nine fashion and textiles students at the University of Ulster have made it through to the final stages of a design competition.

The competition has been organised by fashion retailer DV8 and the UU’s School of Art and Design.

The ‘DV8 Design Directions’ project was launched at the end of 2009, when students on the fashion and textile course were briefed to produce a collection of fashion designs as part of their academic coursework.

The judging panel for the competition includes local fashion designer Una Rodden who has established a successful couture business in Belfast.

Kimberley Dunlop, Laura Abraham, Kathryn Fiskin, Saba Akram, Laura Benson, Holly Cochrane, Ashlee Coburn, Sarah McWilliams and Jennie Brown now go forward to the finals of the competition and a winner will be announced by Easter.

The student producing the winning portfolio will have their work promoted online at www.dv8fashion.com and they will also receive £300 of DV8 clothes. The student winning second prize will receive £150 of DV8 vouchers and the third prize is £75 of vouchers.

Una Rodden said the project was an excellent opportunity for students.

She continued: “Design Directions gives the students a chance to learn about the commercial aspects of fashion. It is these skills many students will need to break through into the fashion world.”

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