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Photography in Fashion with Addition to Clotheshow Live Bursary

There’s good news for budding young fashion photographers with the announcement that Clotheshow Live is extending its renowned Educational bursary.

The Clothes Show Live Educational Bursary has been a huge success since so far, providing support for British fashion talent from the age of thirteen all the way to graduates. Now, the bursary has been extended to the chance for up and coming sartorial snappers to make a name for themselves in the British fashion industry.

Bring Out the Talent!

The bursary scheme has been developed with the objective of “turning talent into broad based ability and knowledge that delivers well-rounded proficiency at all levels” and already encourages creativity and skills in drawing, design, garment making, pattern cutting and business skills.

The Education Bursary is in addition to Clotheshow Live’s wider support for the fashion Industry. Included in this support are the College Catwalk and College Forum, which donates free space to colleges, and subsidised ticket sales to schools and the Designer Pavilion. Altogether, Clotheshow Live is one of the industry’s biggest investors, with combined contribution of over £600,000 worth of support for the British fashion industry.

Cameras, Catwalks and Competitions

The new fashion photography section of the bursary has been launched in association with camera manufacturers Nikon and is the first award of its kind to celebrate the cream of up and coming British fashion photographers in a nationwide competition. The lucky winner will be the recipient of £2,000 prize money and £1,000 worth of photographic equipment from Nikon, along with free tickets to the event. Most importantly of all, the winning photograph will be displayed at Clotheshow Live, gaining valuable exposure for the winning entrant.

There are four other competitions in the bursary, all of which involve a contribution towards the winning students” art department. In the 13-16 category, this year’s competition will involve designing a T-shirt which allows for creativity in garment, textile and product design. The winner will earn money for their school. In the 17-18 year old category, Fiorelli will challenge students wanting to start a foundation course by asking them to design an exclusive bag to be produced by the fashion house. A cash prize awaits the winner, who will also have their design available in store for a limited period.

Art and design foundation, BTEC and Diploma students also have the chance in the Can You Cut It competition, in association with Capit B and supported by Skillfast UK. Students will face the task of designing, cutting and producing a garment themselves and the winner will be rewarded with a £3,000 per year bursary to see them through a three year college or university course.

Finally, last year’s successful Young Designer of the Year award will again give finalists the opportunity to design and make their garments to be paraded on the Clotheshow Live catwalk, with the winner receiving £2,000 and a work placement in a top British design house.

Joel Goldman

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