Cloie Hockney, who studies BA (Hons) Fashion at Hull School of Art and Design, was one of just a few to reach the final of Young Designer of the Year at The Clothes Show Live.
Featuring national and international brands and designers, catwalks and live performances, The Clothes Show has been held at the NEC in Birmingham for the last 27 years and is considered one of the UK’s premier fashion events.
Each year, fashion students at Hull School of Art and Design are encouraged to enter the Young Designer of the Year to build on their personal professional development.
The final-year fashion student was picked from thousands of competitors, including her fellow classmates, to enter the final judging stages.
The brief set by the event’s organisers centred on Queens throughout history inspiring a modern day look. Inspired by the culture and colours of Ghana, Cloie’s design beat hundreds of hopefuls to the final, with a 21st Century twist on the Queen Mother Nana Yaa Asantewaa of West Africa’s Ashanti Empire.
“Everyone was going for English and Scottish Queens, so I thought if I want to be different I would need to go a little further and started to look at different cultures.” Cloie said.
While Cloie’s design didn’t scoop her the prestigious award, the exposure and experience gained from the event attended by some of the biggest names in fashion was just as valuable.
“It was just a good opportunity to get my name out there, and allowed me to link it to my business.”
Alongside her studies, Cloie runs her own fashion business ‘Handmade by Cloie’ and aspires to open a bespoke wedding dress boutique with her own designs.