Thursday 23 March 2017
Three Fashion & Textile Higher Education students at Bedford College have been shortlisted and selected for the semi-finals of the Project 20/20, Professional Clothing Awards.
Sarah Davis, Abby Simpson and Megan Schneider will make up their designs made up for the showcase event.
"This is a massive competition that received 100s of entries from top Fashion & Textile BA degree courses nationally, including institutions such as Nottingham and Brighton” ,said Elisa Bratton, HND and Level 3 Fashion & Textiles Course Leader,
Bedford College won three of the six places in the semi-finals in the face of competition of BA (Hons) Fashion and Textiles institutions around the UK.
Reaching the semi-finals will now involve our students being awarded a grant to make up their submitted designs, these will then be showcased on the catwalk at the Professional Clothing Awards at the Intercontinental-O2- London on 21st June 2017, where the winners will be announced.
“This is the first time we as a college have entered this competition and it puts our HND course on the map for our standing teaching and student performance among some of the country’s top fashion and textile degree courses."
“This opportunity will provide each of the shortlisted students with exciting world-wide industry exposure and has seen finalists gain prestigious placements within the field, alongside cash prizes for both the students and a donation to the college.”
Professional Clothing Awards
The Professional Clothing Awards have been established to recognise the international uniform supply chain and reward exceptional work wear, corporate clothing and PPE (professional protective equipment) from around the world. After a fantastic event in 2016, which was SOLD OUT and attended by over 400 industry figures, the PCA is back and will be held in the nation’s capital at the prestigious venue The Intercontinental – The O2.
The awards will cover all facets of the working garment industry from Business Manager Awards, PPE Innovation Awards, Supplier, Manufacturer and Distributor Awards and Industry Recognition Awards. 2017 also sees the return of ‘Project 20/20…And Beyond', our quest to shine a light on young designers looking to make
their mark on the professional clothing industry, which has been kindly sponsored by YKK.
Award categories include: PPE Innovation of the Year 2017; Suppliers, Distributors and Manufacturers Awards; Industry Recognition Awards and Business Manager
Awards, kindly sponsored by Badgemaster. For a full list visit
Abby, aged 20, of Luton completed an internship with Cimone fashion house during her course.
Megan, aged 19, of Luton is one of the three Bedford College finalists.
Sarah, aged 43, originally from New Zealand and who settled in Harrold, Beds decided to study a higher education course in the arts and is proving a success at Bedford College.
Group shot L - R Abby, Sarah, Megan and lecturers Janice Henry and Elisa Bratton.