Two students from Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) are among eight finalists in a design & sewing competition organised by the John Lewis store at Cribbs Causeway.
Over 70 pupils in Years 10 to 13 at local schools submitted prom outfit designs for the competition launched in September last year. Eight designs were selected by a panel of judges from John Lewis.
Finalists Chloe Lorenzi and Simran Kaur from BSCS, Ashleigh Porton from Patchway Community College, Zoe Perry and Molly Marshall from Chipping Sodbury School, Izzy Fraser and Marcella Lopresti from St Bede’s and Jessi Viljeon from St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School were invited into the store during February half term to make up their designs, with help and advice from experts in the haberdashery department.
All fabric and accessories used by the students were supplied by John Lewis free of charge.
This is the second year of the competition, after Chloe Marsh from BSCS was crowned the winner last year.
Finalist Zoe Perry commented:
“This has been a great experience for me, one that will help me at interviews in the future. I am really happy with my dress and have enjoyed my time spent at John Lewis learning so many new skills.”
The 2015 finalists will model their completed outfits at Old Down Manor in March after having their hair styled by Alan Bendrey & Co and their make up applied by ‘bare minerals’ at John Lewis.
Head of Branch Lucy Ramseyer said:
“With the Great British Sewing Bee so prevalent at the moment this is an excellent opportunity for local students to learn fantastic new skills. I have been very impressed with the talent demonstrated and the quality of the student’s designs and final outfits.”
“It is a privilege for John Lewis to be able to offer this opportunity for students who wish to pursue a career in design or textiles and I look forward to the reveal later in March.”
Photo: BSCS students Chloe Lorenzi (front left) and Simran Kaur (front right) with other finalists and staff from the John Lewis store at Cribbs Causeway.
Photo: Chloe Lorenzi (left) and Simran Kaur of BSCS.
Photo: Simran Kaur (right) of BSCS.
This article originally appeared in the March 2015 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.
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