Talented youngsters took to the catwalk to showcase their creations in a junior version of the Great British Sewing Bee that was run by an Alfreton fashion firm.
More than 180 students, aged five to 16, along with teachers, parents and even grandparents attended the awards ceremony at David Nieper last week where four winners were presented with their trophies.
Rebecca Rawson, 13, from Mill Hill School in Ripley, Megan Saxton and Kinga Graczyk, both 14, from Heanor Gate Science College, and Euan Brailsford, five, from Copthorpe Community School in Alfreton, have their fashion futures sewn up after winning gold, silver and bronze awards at the event.
Christopher Nieper, managing director, said: “Because we design and make all our women’s fashion here in Derbyshire, we need to encourage young people into the industry. This competition is all about passing on skills to the next generation, and with the outstanding talent seen here today, we have a very promising and skilled workforce of the future.”
Now in its third year, the Fashion for Free! competition run by David Nieper, challenged Derbyshire school pupils to design and create a wearable garment, hat, bag or belt following the ‘bee’ style theme. Using recycled materials and incorporating sewing skills such as embroidery and threadwork, the winning students took to the David Nieper factory floor as an improvised catwalk to show-off their creations. Leys Junior School, Tibshelf Townend Junior School and Belper School were also commended.