Each year our GCSE and A Level students at Stroud High School are encouraged to enter the prestigious Young Designer of the Year Competition for aspiring Textile and Fashion designers. The final for the 2022 national competition was held at RGS Worcester on Saturday 8 October.
This year Stroud High School had more finalists selected that ever before with three students, Zara Ramsdale, Ella Swanson, Alice Wheatley, making the final eight in the GCSE category and two, Theo Hemlock and Becky Thomas, making the final eight at A Level.
All students arrived bright and early at 9am to set up the stands of both design and practical work before the displays were judged and students interviewed by industry professionals.
"During the day students had the opportunity to view and discuss portfolio and project work with other finalists and took part in a weaving workshop. Each student received a prize for an outstanding element in their work including art materials and books. The standard of work was incredible, so we were all thrilled when the overall winner of the GCSE category was announced as Alice Wheatley." - Art Textiles Teacher Terri Lazenbury
Alice is studying Art Textiles, English Literature and Sociology at A Level at Stroud High Sixth Form - and she is hoping to go on to study Fashion Design.
Alice - "I was thrilled to win - when they said my name I had to double check there was not another Alice - I loved making and designing the corset and was inspired by Iris van Herpen."