TWO fashion design students from King’s Ely Sixth Form have successfully gained places to study at the prestigious Royal School of Needlework (RSN) – the International Centre of Excellence for Hand Embroidery, based at London’s Hampton Court Palace.

Emanuella Tamimi and Connie Wynn were two of only 20 students to be offered a place for next year’s Hand Embroidery Degree Programme, which aims to produce skilled practitioners who can bring individuality to design and stitch application. Graduates of the programme go on to enjoy careers across the textile and embroidery spectrum, in haute couture; costume; film and theatre; conservation and restoration; teaching and research.

“We are absolutely thrilled with this good news,” remarked Alison Rhodes, King’s Ely Senior’s Director of Art, who worked in the fashion industry before pursuing a teaching career.

“When exhibiting King’s Ely students’ fashion design work at Alexandra Palace last year, RSN directors spotted our A Level work and invited us along to visit the school and discuss the further education opportunities available. Emanuella and Connie were then interviewed for the Degree Programme and were offered places. This is a wonderful example of the opportunities which often arise when we exhibit our students’ work at such high profile events.”


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