Eaton Bank Academy students have taken part in a competition to design and create a beach inspired dress, using a selection of ribbons as decorative features. The competition was sponsored by Berisfords Ribbons, who also provided students with an inspiring guided tour of the factory.
The competition was run as part of the BTEC Fashion and Clothing award level 1 and level 2 during the EBX option block. The students who participated in the challenge were from mixed ages groups from Year 10 to Year 13. As part of the BTEC award students have developed key skills learning how to use a sewing machine, the basic skills of dress making and sketchpad research to investigate contemporary fashion designers and past trends. Also as part of the BTEC students are required to experience different manufacturing processes.
As part of their sponsorship of the event, Berisford’s kindly awarded prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd (£100, £70, £30). Fiona Hampton (Marketing and Design Director) and Peter Bowers (Director) found the standard of the work high and complimented all the students for their effort, design work and their final outcome.
First prize was awarded to Cathy Hassell with her dress inspired by mermaids. Rebecca Tame’s ocean inspired dress was awarded second prize and third prize was awarded to Emma Higinbotham who was inspired by the bold colours and textures of coral.
All the students hand dyed their dresses using tie dye techniques and worked with a variety of methods by manipulating the ribbons by plaiting, distressing techniques, embroidery methods, patchwork techniques and much more!