Secondary and primary schools worked with fashion and textile designers on set themes such as Madame Butterfly, C18th fashion, London etc.
They began with sketchbook designs and translated these into textile techniques such as applique, reverse applique, free machining and fabric painting.
Students learnt pattern cutting and dress making techniques creating exciting outfits to display on the catwalk at a final fashion show at Lincoln Drill Hall.
The show was sponsored by Janome who gave sewing machines as prizes at the show. Young Designer of the Year awards were judged by Wayne Hemingway prior to the show in London, filmed and played at the show.
The careers day was supported by Lincoln University Fashion dept and Nottingham based designer Daniel Hanson.
I worked as Fashion and Design Consultant for CfBT Lincolnshire Improvement Service for 5 years and worked with schools helping them create garments and learning sewing and dress making skills.
From 2011-2013 I ran the Fashion Academy responsible for budgets, recruiting schools, sponsors, managing designers and the finale Fashion Show. I started a fashion careers day with talks and advice on careers in the fashion industry and support from Lincoln University.
I developed relationships with Nottingham based International menswear designer Daniel Hanson and Selvedge Magazine as well as working with Internationally renowned designer Wayne Hemingway on the Fashion Awards.