Our Year 9 textiles pupils spent the autumn and spring terms working on a project to be entered into a national textiles competition open to students between the ages of 13 and 18, writes Wykeham House School headteacher Lynn Clarke.
The theme for the competition was Paris and the students had to create their designs to reflect this.
Initially, they had to enter their sketches and mood boards with fabric ideas and notes on their final design.
The competition was split into students from the north and from the south of the UK and 10 finalists from each region went through to the finals.
We were delighted to have two of our girls chosen as finalists, Iona Pitt and Holly White, both only 14.
The girls were then asked to make their creations, which were showcased and judged on the catwalk at Excel London.
All the other entries from Wykeham House were highly commended and their designs were also displayed at the Excel.
As well as giving the girls an insight into the stages a garment goes through from design to production, they also had the opportunity to work with multimedia techniques.
They learnt to use advanced textiles techniques such as pattern cutting, something which would not usually be experienced until sixth form.
The girls were really inspired by the project and this is shown clearly in their final designs.
Nearly all who entered the competition travelled to London for the day of the final and were so excited when Holly was awarded third place and Iona fourth place – a fantastic achievement.
The judges were very impressed with the high standard of work from our students.
We have been asked to attend the competition next year, with our own stand to showcase our designs and also for our students to create their own catwalk show.
We have an excellent textiles department at Wykeham House.
Most of the girls who take textiles at GCSE are awarded an A or A* grade.
This is also reflected in comments from the examiners who praise the girls for being engaged with their work and the effort they put into their pieces and commend the course for being exciting and giving students the opportunities to experiment with different media.
The skills the girls have learnt while completing their designs for the competition will be vital if they chose to take a career in the fashion industry or art and textiles further.
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