BUDDING fashion designers have been showcasing their talents using clothes and textiles which had been destined for landfill.
Pictured are college and school students who have been competing to make outfits using recycled materials as part of an East Riding of Yorkshire Council competition to highlight the mountain of clothes thrown away each year.
The winners and runners up in the Pre-worn fashion competition were presented with their awards by the leader of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council Coun Stephen Parnaby OBE at the Spa, Bridlington. The winner of the 16+ category was Alice Herron, of Bishop Burton College; and the runners up in the 16+ category were Charlotte Guest, of East Riding College and Evie Sharp, of Bishop Burton College.
The winners of the 14 to 15 years category were Ellie Fanshaw, Alice Barker, and Molly Cockerill, of Headlands School, Bridlington.
The runners up in this category were Sam Arklass, Jemma Mepstead, Aneka Shepherd and Tarner Taylor. The winning designs were made from old curtains, tights, jeans, T-shirts, fabric from umbrellas and feathers.
The competition also called for them to show their abilities at design and photography.
Coun Parnaby said: “While I hope they have had fun doing this, there is also a serious side to this competition which I know is not lost on those who were taking part.
“The amount of clothing thrown away every year is a tragedy and even more so when you think most of it could be sent to charity shops and re-used. “What these young fashion enthusiasts have shown is what can be achieved with a bit of imagination and skill. The quality of their designs seems to be getting better every time they take part.”
The judges were Dr Tracey Cassidy of University of Leeds, a trained fashion designer and author, and Denise Davies, a well known East Riding textiles teacher for 20 years and now a chief examiner.
The winning outfits will be on display in the Treasure House, Beverley until Monday February 18.
Pictures by Simon Kench.