A passion for fashion

Students at Bishop Burton College hit the jackpot by taking first and runner-up prizes for their fashion flair with outfits made from clothes and textiles destined for landfill.

College students and school pupils across the East Riding took part in a competition organised by East Riding of Yorkshire Council to highlight the mountain of clothes thrown away every year.

Winner of the 16+ category: Alice Herron, Bishop Burton College; Runner-up, Evie Sharpe, Bishop Burton College; Charlotte Guest, East Riding College.

Winner of the 14-15 years category:Ellie Fanshaw, Alice Barker, Molly Cockerill, Headlands School, Bridlington; Runner-up, Sam Arklass, Jemma Mepstead, Aneka Sherpherd and Tarner Taylor, Headlands School.

The winning designs were made from old curtains, tights, jeans, T-shirts, fabric from umbrellas and feathers. The competition also called for them to show their abilities at design and photography.

Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of the council, presented the awards. He said: “While I hope they have had fun doing this, there is also a serious side to this competition which I know is not lost on those who were taking part.

“The amount of clothing thrown away every year is a tragedy and even more so when you think most of it could be sent to charity shops and re-used.

“What these young fashion enthusiasts have shown is what can be achieved with a bit of imagination and skill. The quality of their designs seems to be getting better every time they take part.”

The judges were Dr Tracey Cassidy of University of Leeds, a trained fashion designer and author, and Denise Davies, a well known East Riding textiles teacher for 20 years and now a chief examiner

The winning outfits will be on display in the Treasure House, Beverley for two weeks from Tuesday, 5 February until Monday, February 18.