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The Clothes Show - Creative Awards

For 27 years The Clothes Show has been an exciting and popular event held at the NEC Birmingham. Next year the event moves to Liverpool in July.

In the past, Burgess Hill Girls have visited the extravaganza travelling by coach early on the Saturday morning. The main Fashion Show in the vast Fashion Theatre being hugely anticipated.  It was at one of these trips that Holly Willoughby was ‘spotted’ many years ago. In more recent years girls have competed in the Creative Awards so having the opportunity to have their own designs modelled on the catwalk. Submitting design work in October judges then select the 10 finalists in each category. In November the Textiles room is a hive of activity as work commences on the manufacture of the selected design ideas. The garments are then modelled on the catwalk for thousands to see in December. To be selected in such a prestigious award is outstanding; and for the past four year Burgess Hill Girls have been represented on the catwalk; what a fantastic achievement!

Francesca A, Year 10, was a finalist in the Young Handbag Designer of The Year. The brief was to design a bag for the future incorporating the use of sustainable materials. Francesca’s striking black and pink “Boogie Bag” in the shape of a treble clef captured the judges’ eye. The bag was created using old vinyl records and CD’s and the cable for ear-phones passed through the hole in the centre of the record.

Francesca commented: “Making my handbag was really fun to make and develop. I’ve never made anything without a pattern so I wasn’t sure how I was going to make my handbag into reality, but we somehow made it happen!

The morning of the clothes show was a early one, but after sleeping most of the way I found I was just excited to be there! We got there with an hour to spare for shopping; and soon were seated for the Creative Awards! I was super nervous but after the winner was announced, I was mainly proud as I didn’t even think I was going to get into the top ten! I can’t wait till I’m able to get into another competition like this, the experience is amazing!”


Francesca Bag



Allegra C Lower Sixth, submitted designs in the Young Designer of The Year category. Inspired by a ‘Century Queen’ her designs were once again selected for the catwalk. This category is open to students aged 18 to 25 years; so to be selected as a finalist was a fantastic achievement. Allegra’s work was Highly Commended by the Judges.

Allegra said; “Having won the Handbag category last year I decided to enter designs this time for the Designer category. The day was an amazing experience, after working every spare hour to create the outfit, seeing it on the catwalk alongside degree level work was a magical moment”.


Allegra Outfit


Although both girls were not chosen as their category winner their work looked absolutely fantastic when modelled on the catwalk; as the images show.