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Batley School of Art student in Golden Shears Final

Tuesday 19th of March 2013

A second year foundation degree fashion student at the Batley School of Art became one of the national finalists in this year’s coveted Golden Shears Awards.

Danielle Jude, 20, from Leeds, is studying Foundation Degree Fashion Design and Manufacture. Danielle’s women’s tailored suit was selected after the first technical round of judging and was modeled at the gala event final on Monday 18 March at Merchant Taylors’ Hall, Threadneedle Street, London.

The Golden Shears award is supported by the Merchant Taylors’ Company and attracts entries from around 120 colleges and universities and 70 trainee tailors from across the UK.

In the first stage of judging Danielle’s suit was marked on interpretation of design, accuracy of cutting and craft tailoring skills. At the gala event, the suit was modeled in front of a panel of very high profile judges based on its styling. The judges included Lloyd Johnson, Hilary Alexander, Raymond Blanc, Joanna Lumley and Nick Hewer.

Nicola Gearing is Danielle’s tutor, she said, “We’re extremely proud of Danielle, she’s worked really hard and has produced an exceptional suit. At Batley School of Art we support our students to enter this prestigious competition each year, and they never fail to rise to the challenge. This year we managed to secure £500 in sponsorship money to assist students with the purchase of fabrics too.”

“The final round of judging in London was a great experience for Danielle. She competed against high profile colleges, universities and even apprentices from Anderson and Sheppard and Savile Row where Alexander McQueen trained. It was a great achievement.”.