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National tailoring prize highlights Norwich excellence

The “Oscars of the tailoring world” has shortlisted three fashion students from Norwich University of the Arts (NUA), who will be in the running to be named the most promising student or apprentice tailor in the UK at a glamorous gala event at Merchant Taylors’ Hall in London on 16 March.

The Golden Shears Award is a biennial prize founded in 1974 by the president of the Federation of Merchant Tailors. The winner will be presented with the Golden Shears Award and a prize of £2,500, while a runner-up and most promising newcomer will receive the Silver Shears and £2,000 or £1,000 respectively. The students, who are studying on the BA (Hons) Fashion course NUA, are all international students – Madara Rozensteina is from Latvia, Shahad Albeshr from Saudi Arabia and Yee Ki Ng from Hong Kong. Their garments will be revealed at the awards ceremony among 25 selected by technical judges which included Savile Row Tailors and Brigitte Stepputtis, Head of Couture at Vivienne Westwood. The winner will be picked by a panel of celebrities consisting of supermodel David Gandy, fashion designer Betty Jackson, actress Jennifer Saunders and former Chairman of the BBC Lord Grade of Yarmouth.

Sue Chowles, Course Leader of Fashion at NUA, says: “It is the first time we have entered the prestigious National 2015 Golden Shears Award competition and as the ethos of the course is to develop couture levels of craftsmanship and high quality technical skills, I am really pleased Norwich University of the Arts students work has been recognized. I am thrilled NUA has three finalists in the gala, the catwalk event will be held in March at the Merchant Taylors’ Hall where the students work will judged by top bespoke tailors and winning student/apprentice announced.”

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