The event was held at the South of England Show in Ardingly over the first weekend in June 2014.
Lower Sixth student, Emma Gadd, 17, won third prize in the Textiles category for her structured skirt and top inspired by a visit to Chatsworth House in Derbyshire. In the gardens Emma studied some of the spiral sculptures. These structures were then compared to spirals, which are often seen in nature, particularly on many seashells. The outfit was created using a wide variety of dressmaking techniques and decorated using both flat and cord knitting to create the spiralling effect. The judge was impressed by Emma’s accuracy and her careful attention to details.
Samara Potter, 16, who is a Year 11 student at Burgess Hill School, won a Special Under-17 prize with her dress inspired by Japanese Street Style fashions. Samara’s dress consisted of a tight-fitting corset style bodice that she had created using layers of lace and satins. The skirt incorporated the innovative use of recycled men’s ties and the waterproof coverings from several umbrellas. A considerable amount of time and effort went into creating the dress.
Mrs Bradley, head of technology at Burgess Hill School, said: “This is a thoroughly deserved recognition of all the hard work and creativity which has taken place during the year in the design & technology department.”