TEXTILES students from King’s Ely were chosen to launch a national fashion competition for 16 to 19 year olds after showcasing examples of innovative fashion design at Olympia in London last week.

The National Fashion Textiles Competition 2014 aims to celebrate the achievements of outstanding fashion and textiles students and to encourage young people studying an art and design subject at Key Stage 5 to pursue a career in the fashion industry.

All of King’s Ely’s AS and A2 Textiles students had work on display at The Spring Knitting and Stitching Show, and thousands of visitors came to their stand over the four days. Due to the exceptional AS and A2 grades that students achieve each year, King’s Ely was the only school selected for the exciting event.

A selection of the fashion textiles submitted for the competition will be chosen by a panel of judges and the selected pieces will be displayed at next year’s event, which will also take place at Olympia.

Director of Art, Alison Rhodes, said: “Feedback from the exhibition was excellent and we were approached by several design magazines hoping to include the students’ work in features on fashion and textiles.

“We have also been able to establish links with high profile designers as well as parents who are interested in sending their children to study at King’s Ely.

“The event has certainly been worthwhile and was an extremely rewarding experience for everyone involved.”

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