University of Portsmouth student’s eye-catching designs win place in international final
A STUDENT has been selected as a finalist for an international fashion competition with her eye-catching mix of retro and sustainable designs.
Scarlett Gapp, a fashion and textile design student at the University of Portsmouth, was named as one of three finalists to be shortlisted for the Lotto Sport Award in the International Talent Support (ITS) competition, which celebrates and promotes emerging designers.
Scarlett is one of 36 overall finalists for the ITS 2020 competition after being selected from more than 600 entrants’ portfolios.
A key theme for Scarlett’s designs was the up-cycling of vintage sportswear.
‘I loved the idea of creating an entirely up-cycled collection knowing sustainability is such a major issue in the world of fashion. I found an interest in the unique shapes and nostalgia feeling of old sportsman players and their vintage sports kits and equipment, said Scarlett.
‘I developed my three-piece collection based on their unique materials and interesting shapes and entered for the ITS competition after being introduced and encouraged by my teachers,’ she added.
Scarlett’s talent in reaching the final has already seen her designing potential products for the Italian sportswear giant.
She said: ‘Upon finding out I was one of three finalists for such a big competition, I couldn't quite believe it. I have now already begun designing my outfits for Lotto including a corresponding pair of Lotto trainers that will be made as a one-off to go with my look.
‘Being a finalist is a thrilling opportunity for me which will hopefully open more doors and I'm excited to be a part of this as my first experience into the industry.’
Staff in the Fashion and Textile Design Department are proud of Scarlett’s achievement in reaching the final of the prestigious competition.
Course leader, Rachel Homewood, said: ‘Scarlett has worked extremely hard. Through the development of re-purposing unusual problematic materials, she has created a final collection that is full of originality and is very playful.’
The finals on take place on October 23 and Scarlett has confirmed she will create an outfit inspired by Lotto's heritage and the world of tennis.