Betty-jackson_bannerBetty Jackson CBE launching the Anne Tyrrell Student Design Award

Launch of the Anne Tyrrell Student Design Award

Last night we kicked off the festive season in style at Channel 4 headquarters with the who’s who in the world of fashion.

The main purpose of the celebration was to launch the Anne Tyrrell Student Design Award, set up in memory of the hugely successful and much loved fashion and interior designer, Anne Tyrrell. The award will support students in the second year of their Creative Skillset Ticked fashion courses.

Anne Tyrrell

Anne’s close friend, fashion designer Betty Jackson CBE, gave a passionate speech about Anne’s career and legacy, and noted how fitting it was that we combined the celebration of her award with the awarding of new fashion design courses with the Creative Skillset Tick.

Anne worked tirelessly all her life to help students to achieve their dreams by building strong relationships between the best fashion courses in the UK and the fashion industry. This passion for education found a home through her work as Co-Chair of Creative Skillset’s Fashion Industry Panel, the driver behind expansion into fashion of the long-established Creative Skillset Tick. The Tick is a quality mark awarded by industry professionals to those courses that provide the best preparation for a career in the Creative Industries.

The Creative Skillset Tick was first awarded to fashion courses in early 2014 when Anne and Betty were both so impressed with the success that the Tick had enjoyed in areas such as film, TV, games and animation. They realised that such rigorous assessment leading to industry endorsement was just what their own industry was crying out for.

Between them, they brought together a group of highly respected and influential people from the fashion industry to form the Fashion Industry Panel. Each of the panel members has worked with great enthusiasm and leadership to drive the pilot programme into the world of fashion.

Since the first seven degree courses were awarded the Tick in early 2014, they have continued to engage with other fashion courses with excellent links to industry, and tonight we awarded the Tick to four more degree courses bringing them into Tick family. Find out more about these exceptional courses here.

The Tick was also awarded for the first time to five further education courses with outstanding links to the creative industries. Find out more about these courses here.

Bashir Aswat, course leader at Salford University, collecting the Creative Skillset Tick certificate for BA (Hons) Fashion

Betty applauded the work and dedication of course leaders and their teaching and technical teams, as well as the fashion industry partners who work with them. She congratulated and thanked the Creative Skillset Fashion Industry Panel, who gave huge amounts of their time to judging and supporting the courses through the rigorous accreditation process.

You can see more photos from the event on Flickr.

Some of this year’s students, course leaders and Fashion Industry Panel members contributed to a short film featuring Betty Jackson, Iain Ewing (John Lewis) and Sandy Verdon (Hobbs) explaining the value of the Tick to the fashion industry - you can watch it here.

Making the Cut: The Creative Skillset Fashion Tick Network

The Anne Tyrrell Student Design Award

Betty also thanked Anne’s family, their generosity through which we are able to continue supporting fashion design students in her name. Anne’s brother, Peter, and his wife Caroline joined us at the celebrations.

With their generous donation, the Award will be open to second year students from the network of the 11 Creative Skillset Ticked degree courses. At this point in their studies, and now with the increase in fees, students often struggle to take up industrial placements or to prepare for their final collection, through a lack of funds.

The Fashion Industry Panel will judge these entries and award one winner and one runner-up the inaugural Anne Tyrrell Student Design Award in the early spring of 2016. Students will be invited to submit development and design work to demonstrate their ‘signature’ – who they are or aim to be as a fashion designer. They will also be asked to tell us in their application how the first prize of £5,000 and the runner-up prize of £3,000 would make a difference to achieving their aspirations.

How you can contribute to the Anne Tyrrell Student Design Award

We are inviting donations to add to the prize funds, 100% of which will go to the student competition winners.

You can contribute via:

MyDonate website

Visit the Anne Tyrrell Student Design Award page on MyDonate to make your donation online.

Electronic bank transfer

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Payable to the bank account above and to be posted to:

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5th floor,
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