Five students from Hull School of Art & Design are setting their sights high in the finals for major UK Fashion competition.
All of the students are currently studying their third year of the BA (Hons) Fashion programme and have carried on the school’s long legacy of competition success by being chosen to compete in the Bridal Buyers finals.
Amy Coomber, Cydnee Mulligan, Laura Cottom, Cloie Hockney and Alice Edmondson have all had their designs chosen for the Bridal Buyers.
Held annually, the Bridal Buyers competition is the most prestigious contest for the Bridal Wear industry and becoming a finalist alone is something to boost students’ career options following graduation. The 2017 competition saw universities across the UK issued with a design brief to utilise the designers’ favourite film.
These unique and creative bridal designs have strayed away from the ‘norm’ and sees innovative techniques such as Amy Coomber’s Escher inspired Twisted Perspective dress, Cydnee Mulligans ruffle filled gown, Laura Cottom’s Greek style dress filled with dark colours and heavy beading, Alice Edmondson’s reflection on nature, utilising designs based on Coral from Finding Nemo to Cloie’s designs reflecting the incredible skyline of Batman’s Gotham City.
Student Laura Cottom said, “The fact that I have been selected as one of the twelve finalists for a competition will show to other designers that people see potential in my designs and they have confidence in me, which will hopefully lead to a job. HSAD encourages us to compete and our materials are all paid for which really helps.”
Cloie, 21, is no stranger to design competitions and recently made it to the UK finals of The Clothes Show Live and says entering the Bridal Buyers and the British Fur competitions was a deliberate step in her chosen career.
Cloie said, “When I graduate I want to move into designing bridal wear, so to be chosen for this competition will really boost my career options.”