Fashion student heads to New York after winning prestigious award
A young fashion design student from London will get the chance to fulfil her dream of living and working in New York with one of the world’s most influential fashion designers, as a result of winning the inaugural Anne Tyrrell Student Design Award.
The illustrious judging panel, including Betty Jackson CBE and Roland Klein, selected the submission by Wendy Leong - a second year fashion student from the University of Westminster in London - which fulfilled the brief 'demonstrate your signature, who you are or aim to be, as a fashion designer.'
The award was open to second year students from Creative Skillset Tick accredited fashion courses who were nominated by their university to be put forward.
I forgot English for a few seconds when my director told me that I was the winner of the Anne Tyrrell Student Design Award because the news came out of the blue... The whole day felt unreal, but when I reflected my day on my way home I felt relieved. I felt happiness and so grateful for getting such an opportunity to have support with accessing a placement.” Wendy Leong, award winner.
The runner up, Eleana Burrows from the University of West of England, Bristol said: "I was so thrilled to be put forward for this potentially life-changing award. It's brilliant to be able to expose my work."
The Anne Tyrrell Student Design Award was set up in 2015 in honour of fashion designer Anne Tyrrell MBE who was also passionate about creativity in education and training for the fashion industry. "Anne was tireless in her support of new and emerging UK fashion talent which is why the Anne Tyrrell Student Design Award is a wonderful celebration of her commitment and energy,” said Betty Jackson CBE, Founder and CEO of Betty Jackson, and board member of Creative Skillset.
I am sure Anne would be delighted with the standard and creativity of all the entrants. It was a difficult decision but the judging panel were unanimous in the final choice of winner. We would like to thank all the entrants as well as the dedication and commitment of the Tick course leaders and universities." Betty Jackson CBE.
The competition also offered a young fashion blogger exclusive access to the winners and the judging panel. Hannah Ava Dahl was the winner, naming Alexander McQueen as her inspiration. Hannah intends to use the opportunity to create content for her blog www.lookforrainbows.com.