Dagenham duo’s designs reach fashion final
PUBLISHED: 17:27 14 May 2015 | UPDATED: 17:35 14 May 2015
Two Dagenham fashionistas fought off international contenders to become finalists in a prestigious design competition.
Jiya Davé, 27, and Philomena Sarpong, 29, are in the running to be crowned The Liberty Fashion Designer of the year 2015 and stand a chance of winning £1k to help kick start their own business.
To secure their slot in the final of Liberate Your Style they designed a garment which reflected their taste.
Along with 21 hopefuls they will showcase their masterpieces on the runway at The Liberty Catwalk Show on Friday, May 29.
Jiya, a fashion design student about to begin her first year at Bournemouth University, designed a simple, chic monochrome skirt and cropped top inspired by Coco Chanel.
Philomena, a design student from Barking and Dagenham College, was inspired by the V&A Museum’s Fashion Gallery and used ferns and feathers as embellishment on a glamorous evening dress.
The competition received a record number of entries with designs flooding in from as far a field as Japan, America and Nigeria.
The competition was run by The Liberty Shopping Centre in Romford and the high street store, Marks & Spencers.
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