David Nieper launches school’s competition to find best, young design talent

fashion for free posterThe hunt is on to find Britain’s best, young design talent. Derbyshire fashion house, David Nieper has launched a primary school’s competition for 5-11 year olds, to design and make a textiles creation, in a project created to recognise and reward some of our best and youngest designers.

The Fashion for Free! competition has been established to help encourage children to use their imaginations and learn how to create and make things.

The final judging will take place on 15th June, when participants are invited to attend an event at the fashion house, which includes an interactive factory tour where they will visit the sewing rooms, design studio and learn about how clothes are made from start to finish.

The children will also have the opportunity to join in fun, craft and sewing activities during the day, before the presentation of prizes.

The event is called Fashion for Free! as the children are not allowed to spend any money on their design, but must find something from around the home or school, and give it a new lease of life using only old and recycled items.

The theme is ‘ONCE UPON A TIME…..Fairytale and Fantasy’ and children’s designs will be judged in age categories.

Christopher Nieper, Managing Director commented:

“Children are the future! It’s well known that British fashion manufacturing has shrunk beyond all recognition with the majority of designers and retailers taking production offshore in search of cheaper labour.

Our family company has never left these shores and has been loyal to British skills for 55 years. It’s our pleasure to encourage creativity in schools and give talented young people an opportunity to use their initiative and creativity with this wonderful ‘Fashion for Free!’ competition.

I wish the very best of luck to all the schools and children who take part and look forward to awarding the prizes in June.”

Schools interested in taking part should contact [email protected] for an entry form or call 01773 522678.