FASHION designs by a Wigan student wowed a massive audience on one of the country’s best known catwalks.
Hannah McCoy, who attends Wigan and Leigh College, made it through to the final of the prestigious Young Designer of the Year Award at this year’s Clothes Show Live and staged at the National Exhibition centre in Birmingham.
The 17-year-old beat off stiff competition, largely from far more experienced university students, to make it to the final 10.
She saw her design, which was inspired by chart topper Katy Perry, showcased at the prestigious fashion event in front of the massive crowds of fashionistas, buyers, industry specialists and hip young people, who always attend.
Working to a tight deadline, the second year student on the Extended Diploma in Fashion and Clothing course was tasked with designing a dress to the theme of ‘fashion wonderland’ for a favourite fashion industry icon.
Hannah took the design to produce a finished garment that had the wow factor, but could also be worn in style.
This is the second year in a row that one of Wigan and Leigh College’s fashion students has reached the final of this competition.
Course leader Dawn Cunningham said: “Hannah is a highly creative and talented student who works extremely hard. Although she didn’t win, we are very proud of her.
“We were excited to see her dress on the catwalk, especially as the winner was on a university course and Hannah is only 17.”
Ms Cunningham said she would encourage “any aspiring fashion designers” to come and have a look at the work they do at Wigan and Leigh College, adding: “We’re always on the look out for creative and motivated individuals who would like to take their first steps towards a career in the fashion industry.”
Clothes Show Live will featured hundreds of catwalk shows and shopping from leading high street fashion and designer brands, talks by some of the country’s most respected industry experts, workshops and career seminars on all things fashion related.
There were also question and answer sessions with editors from some of the UK’s leading fashion magazines.
Barry M, Tatty Devine and Paul’s Boutique were among the 500 fashion and beauty brands setting up pop-up shops in special retail and demonstration areas around the arena.
Hannah acknowledges that she takes her inspiration from unconventional singer-songwriter Katy Perry.
She is known for her unique style of dress that is often humorous, bright in colour, and reminiscent of different decades. She frequently uses fruit-shaped accessories, mainly watermelon, as part of her outfits.
Her transformation into an artist began with fashion inspired by American film actress Dominique Swain’s portrayal in the 1997 film Lolita.
Perry defines her fashion style as “a bit of a concoction of different things” and it has caught the attention of designers. She was ranked seventh in Rolling Stone’s global Queen of Pop poll last year.