Material girls have given the fashion industry an eyeful of their talents after exhibiting their work at a major trade show in Paris.
Cleveland College of Art & Design first year textile students Charlotte Hall, Eleanor Cox, Jasmine Heaney and Crystal Jieman were picked to display their work after winning a digital print competition run by the Extended Diploma in Textiles course.
Their designs, based on the theme flora extraordinary measures, were put on show at the internationally renowned Indigo trade fair which attracts textile buyers from some of the world’s top fashion houses, including Gucci, Dior and Valentino.
CCAD extended diploma in textiles course leader Rebecca Rowe said: “Indigo is the number one textile show in Europe for aspiring fabric designers.
“For our first year students to be given the opportunity to show their work, alongside graduate designers, is an incredible achievement.
“Each year we set our first years the challenge to design a fabric for Indigo and the winners then get to exhibit alongside our textiles and surface design degree programme students.
“The standard this year was incredibly high and our degree programme leader Jayne Hemmingway found it incredibly hard to pick the winner and the runners up. All of the students should be very proud of themselves.”
The overall winner, with her repeat pattern floral design, was Charlotte Hall, 17, of Darlington, who plans to study interior design.
“This is the first competition I’ve entered so to win and then get my design shown in Paris was incredible,” said Charlotte.
“CCAD is a great place for giving young designers amazing opportunities and this has been a great start to my future career.”
Runner up Jasmine Heaney, 18, of Darlington, attracted a lot of interest from international buyers with her monochrome fabric.
“I took inspiration from the current trend for black and white and from the designer Tibi and was thrilled to get such good feedback from people at the show,” said Jasmine.
“It’s is such a thrill to know that my work has been seen by thousands of industry experts and that they liked what I do.”