Student designers on the button as shoppers admire their shirts
HAVE you chosen your favourite yet? Six fashion students are displaying their designs in the window of a city centre shop and they need your vote.
The Nottingham Trent University students' shirts can be seen at Hawes & Curtis in The Exchange arcade, behind the Council House, and customers can vote for their favourite.
The winner will then see their shirt produced and sold by one of Britain's oldest shirt makers. Toni Macfarlane, 23, created her design after looking back in time.
She said: "It's the centenary year for Hawes & Curtis so I looked at the fashion of 1913. There was a lot of lace so that's what inspired me."
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Fellow student Ryan Farrell, 30, also looked back 100 years and created the most colourful design, complete with a Sir Paul Smith-style stripy collar.
"The print design is like Royal Doulton china tea pots. I broke up all of the traditional patterns and made it my own," said Ryan.
The other finalists are Angela Law, whose shirt has a delicate collar and cuff pleat; Lewis Heath, who created a multi-collar shirt; Jessica Needham's modern take on lace; and Kim Cooper, who incorporated Victorian jewellery into her shirt.
All of the final year fashion students at NTU were invited to sketch ideas for their shirt in December and staff from Hawes & Curtis whittled it down to the final six.
Course leader Gilly Staples said it was a great opportunity for the students.
"It's important for students to understand what the industry expects of them. All of the shirt designs are very different. I think this is one of the best years we've had."
The shirts will be in the window of the shop in Long Row until Wednesday when the competition closes. The winning shirt will be on sale in Nottingham, at the company's flagship store in London and online. The student will also get a placement with the shirt designers in London.
Sarah Meese, area manager for Hawes & Curtis, said: "We've been running this competition for a few years and it's always popular with customers. They spend a lot of time choosing their favourite."
Customers who vote for the eventual winning shirt will be entered in a prize draw to win the first one made.