Mel wins top fashion prize

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An Alfreton fashion house has awarded a Nottingham Trent student £3,000 as part of its first-ever fashion scholarship.

Women’s clothing manufacturers David Nieper, based at Nottingham Road, challenged more than 70 second-year fashion students in a week-long competition to design garments for professional women aged 40 and above.

And 21-year-old Mel Uskuri, 21, from Cannock, Staffordshire, took the prize for her winning portfolio based on modern classic styling- which is also set to include a spell of work experience at the firm.

The money will help support her final year studies and help her to attend galleries and exhibitions.

She said: “The week-long project was very challenging as we were working to the tight timescales of a real-life brief, so it’s a real honour to have won.”

Managing director Christopher Nieper, said: “We were highly impressed with the quality of work produced by all ten finalists but Mel’s portfolio really stood out.”