Burgess girl’s Handbag Designer award

Allegra Cook from Burgess Hill School for Girls crowned Young Handbag Designer of the Year 2014 at the Clothes Show Live Creative Awards

The results of the national competition were announced live on the catwalk at the world’s largest fashion and beauty event by judge Caryn Franklin on Tuesday 9th December at the NEC in Birmingham.

Year 10 student Allegra entered her design – a back pack that ‘would be a must-have at any festival’ – into the competition in October following the brief to ‘bring together ethical resources and creativity’. She received an email from the organisers to confirm that she had been successful in progressing to the next stage of the competition and spent the next few weeks making her back pack.

Allegra Cook said, “I was so shocked to have found out that I had won. I really enjoyed taking part in this competition – a huge thank you to my teacher Mrs Bradley for encouraging me to enter.”

Mrs Bradley, head of technology, commented: “This is truly fantastic news for Allegra who is proving to be an exceptionally talented young textile worker. She was recently awarded third prize in her category at the international Festival of Quilts, so I am delighted that her talents have yet again been rewarded – this time at a national level! Well done Allegra.”


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