Fashion students are top of the frocks

7th March 2008 at 00:00

Hillary Wells and Victoria Griffiths (above) have been busy showing off their work to top designers and buyers after excelling as students on a Somerset college fashion course.

They are in the second year of a degree programme at college in Taunton, and have come to the attention of the industry after taking part in a Fashion Development and Production competition.

Both are thought to be in the final this month but, in the meantime, the judges, including the Paul Smith design team, have asked to see more of their work.

Hillary said: "This will give me the opportunity to see how industry works, plus make important contacts for when I graduate."

They have also taken their portfolios to chain stores Debenhams and Hobbs and were guests at the opening night of a tailoring show.

Gary Mills, their lecturer, said: "We are so impressed with their work."

Their competition designs involved making a garment based on origami shapes. The college encourages students to think commercially about their work - by training them to pitch their ideas and regularly giving them the opportunity to be judged by designers in industry.

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