The Clothes Show supports the next generation of fashion talent

July 20, 2016

Over its 27 year history, The Clothes Show has been dedicated to nurturing and supporting the
future of British fashion through its renowned Education Programme. The show has worked with
hundreds of aspiring industry hopefuls by providing a gateway to help propel talent and raise the
profile of students in the creative industries.


Part of the Education Programme is the Bright Young Things campaign, a celebration of emerging
talent from all areas of the industry including design, photography, styling, modelling, hair styling
and make-up artistry. The shoot is curated by the winners of The Clothes Show Creative Awards
consisting of a combination of students and graduates who were discovered at the show and
recognised within the industry.


As part of the Creative Awards, students and emerging designers were invited to submit their
designs based on the carefully targeted briefs. From the hundreds of entries received for each
award, the submissions were shortlisted by a panel of industry experts, including representatives
from The Clothes Show and fashion industry commentator, Professor Caryn Franklin MBE and
Fashion Stylist Karl Willett.


Fronting this year’s shoot was model Laura Newman , 17, from London, who was scouted at the
show last December by Select Model Management and chosen from hundreds to become the ‘Face
of 2015’.

Laura commented “It was a complete surprise to be scouted at the show; I was visiting with my
collage. I have done a couple of online editorials and test shoots since I was scouted but I had never considered modelling before so this is such a life-changing experience for me. I'm so pleased to be part of the Bright Young Things campaign."


Bringing together high street fashion and graduate designs, the edgy, fun theme; ‘my every trend’
saw a selection of outfits fitting trends ‘Denim Pow Wow’, ‘Sports Luxe’ and ‘Tailored Summer’. 
Young Handbag Designer of the Year winner, 14-year-old Allegra Cook from Burgess High School in West Sussex, saw her statement clutch included in the shoot while Young Designer of the Year
winner, Rebecca Carrington, from the Manchester School of Art at Manchester Metropolitan
University, saw her design take centre stage.


Capturing the action on the day was London-based photographer Sarah Cresswell, whose reputable portfolio includes many editorials, commercial, and celebrity campaigns. Sarah commented “ The Clothes Show gives its audience a taste of the fashion industry to learn about independent brands as well as trends; it’s an educational festival. It has been great to see Laura as a new, young model learn and get more confident during the day, it's wonderful to see these girls develop and become professional models." Young Photographer of the Year Sophie Williams was also invited to capture all the behind scenes images.

The Creative Awards will return to the show this year with a range of design briefs helping young
hopefuls showcase talent in art, design, photography, and journalism. The briefs will focus on
fantasy, future, and imagination within fashion and reflecting current hot topics such as sustainability, technology and challenges facing the fashion industry.


Finalists will be invited to attend the Creative Awards Ceremony, on Tuesday 6th December, at The
Clothes Show, where their designs will be modelled on the catwalk and the final winners will be

Leading modelling agency Select Model Management will also make a return to The Clothes Show
this year to seek out the next ‘Face Of’ The Clothes Show 2016.

For more information and to enter this year’s Creavtive Awards visit:

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