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Published 4th May 2011

ennifer Collinson with her designs at Cleveland College of Art and Design

A budding Middlesbrough designer is taking her first steps towards a glittering future.

Cleveland College of Art and Design (CCAD) degree student in entertainment design and crafts Jennifer Collinson is getting ready to launch her own business next month specialising in dance wear for children, bridal and occasion wear.

The 21-year-old, of Middlesbrough, said: “Ever since I was a young girl I have wanted to run my own business. It’s always been my dream and over the past few months everything has fallen into place and I am ready to go for it.”

Jennifer has recently been working with Hartlepool-based Debbie Barrass Dance Academy producing no less than 21 tutus for a competition.

“It was great to be involved in a live project and to be able to use the skills I have learned in costume design,” she said.

“Since then I have gone on to produce different costumes for them which has lead to regular work, which is fantastic. This has helped me to launch my business.”

Jennifer Jane Couture will offer unique designs taking her influence from the likes of Vivienne Westwood.

“I want to be known and recognised for my designs and for me it’s all about the glitter and sparkle and standing out from the crowd. I want people to know where they are from. I have always had my own way of doing things, for example, when I’m working on embellishments the design tends to come out while I’m doing it which makes it unique and special to the customer.”

Jennifer has been developing her business knowledge in professional study classes at CCAD.

“The classes have been great and have helped me to understand exactly what I need to do to get going,” she said. “I’ve had self employment advice and what to do with tax and marketing and how important it is to have things in place for when I start.

“Because of the support and opportunities I’ve had on my course it has made me more determined than ever to make a success of this and do as well as I can.”

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