A group of art and design students secured top fashion design awards for their original designs and use of unconventional materials.

The students, from West Cheshire College, were taking part in The Young Alternative Designer of the Year Competition held in the borough.

The annual competition was founded in 2012 and aims to encourage and recognise innovation in fashion design.

It is said to be the most exciting fashion show of the year awash with designers, models, stylists and photographers.

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With 22 people competing from across West Cheshire, the students took home top prizes across all the design categories including ‘Most Creative Use of Materials’, ‘Most Commercial Design’, ‘Best Use of Recycled Materials’ and ‘Judges’ Choice’.

Category winner Lucy Clarke from Great Sutton, who is specialising in fashion design, beat off other competitors to win the ‘Most Creative Use of Materials’ award.

The 18-year-old impressed judges by using newspaper and papier-mâché to design and create a striking bodice that she also went on to model in the competition.

She said: “I was so thrilled to have won, I’m so happy. It gives me confidence in my ability and has made me want to push forward and to continue with my studies.”

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The inspiration behind Lucy’s project using paper came from wanting to do something original which would stand out.

She added: “Along with all the other students, I was supported by the college’s fashion department to create something new and ‘out there’ for my project which took me four weeks to complete.”

Lucy, who is currently finishing her fashion course, hopes to push her creative flair further by going on to study fashion buying and marketing at the college.

Ian Prewitt, art and design tutor at the college, said: “The standard of work this year was excellent and I feel so proud that so many West Cheshire College students received prizes in a very tough competition.

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“The projects that the students put together were absolutely fantastic and really showcased their talents.

“Hopefully for these students it’s just the start of their design journey. If they continue working as hard as they have done, I have every faith that they will all go on to achieve their future goals.”