Louise has designs on royalty

Louise Collier with her creative mood board at Cleveland College of Art and Design
Louise Collier with her creative mood board at Cleveland College of Art and Design

A STUDENT’S designs have proved to be fit for royalty after being recognised in one of the country’s most prestigious competitions.

Cleveland College of Art and Design foundation degree in creative fashion practices student Louise Collier has been shortlisted for the David Nieper Fashion Academy Student Design Competition.

Louise, 19, designed a stunning collection for fashionable 50-plus women called Royally Yours.

The Derbyshire-based fashion house runs a highly prized competition which aims to find the best student fashion designers.

Louise, of Park Square, Hartlepool, said: “I couldn’t believe it when I got the news that I’d got through to the final. I was jumping up and down, it was amazing. I love fashion design and for me this was just the best news ever.”

Taking her influence from the Royal family, Louise designed a collection of three outfits featuring a colour palette of plum, blues and black, using tweed and knitwear.

Her entry was also accompanied by a marketing strategy and plan to introduce and sell the collection direct to customers, both on and off-line.

She said: “I decided on the royals because there has been so much talk of them in the fashion world since the wedding last year and now the jubilee celebrations this year. I just felt the timing was right to do it.”

Louise spent a lot of her time researching the Royal family and their classic styles, and looking at rich materials and the influence of colour, she developed a collection of timeless pieces consisting of a coat dress, skirt suit and three quarter sleeve dress.

The winner will receive a six-week masterclass with the David Nieper Fashion Academy, £1,000 prize money and six months’ work experience.

“To win would be incredible and it could lead to some amazing opportunities for me,” said Louise.

“I really embrace being creative and get excited about doing new designs. This course has been a brilliant grounding for me. I have learned so much and I am so pleased my tutors encouraged me to do the competition.”