Fashion Designer scoops prestigious regional award

A fashion student inspired by the tailoring of British designer Alexander McQueen has scooped a prestigious industry award for her haute couture collection.

Charlotte Fortescue, 19, who is in the second year of a Foundation Degree in Fashion Studies said she was delighted to receive recognition for her dramatic garments influenced by Dodie Smith’s creation Cruella de Vil. 

She said: “They aren’t exactly the sort of clothes you’d find on the high street but everything I do is about tailoring, about creating something that looks amazing on a woman’s figure.”

Developed in a partnership between Staffordshire University and Stafford College, the foundation degree is designed to shape future fashion entrepreneurs.

Charlotte added: “I’ll finish my Foundation Degree next summer and then I hope to top-up my qualification to an honours degree at university.

“I’ll keep improving my skills and developing my own style within design and continue to create my own range of clothing.”

Charlotte landed a professional photo-shoot with Toni & Guy after scooping the Haute Couture prize at the Midlands Young Fashion Designer Awards judged by industry insiders.

Jayne Clough, Course Leader for the Foundation Degree in Fashion Studies Course at Stafford College said: “She worked tirelessly throughout the summer and deserves recognition for all the hard work and effort she has put in to create a fantastic, dramatic collection of couture garments.”

Rowena Beighton-Dykes, Foundation Degree Development Manager at Staffordshire University, said: “There are lots of opportunities in the fashion world, but they don’t come to you - you have to work hard and be very creative.”

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