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‘My big designs on a career in fashion’
AN ASPIRING Oxford fashion designer hopes to follow in the footsteps of Victoria Beckham and Donatella Versace after her designs were picked for a regional competition.
Danielle Warren, 21, from Kennington, has been selected for the final six in the Young Designer of the Year category in the Midlands Fashion Awards next week.
Four of her womenswear designs she produced in her final year at Coventry University will go on show at the Midlands Fashion Awards competition on Friday at the Penthouse in Birmingham.
The competition was open to people who live or have studied in the Midlands.
Her final-year collection also appeared in the world-famous fashion magazine Vogue and she hopes to be a high-end designer for a luxury womenswear brand.
Ms Warren said: “I’m really excited. A couple of weeks ago the models had their fittings done for my designs and that got me really looking forward to the competition.”
The former Matthew Arnold pupil said: “I first got into design at school as we had a brilliant textiles department and so I stayed on to do textiles for my A-Levels. I then went to Coventry University to study fashion and recently graduated with a First.
“Design is definitely something I want to continue with and something I have found a love for.”
Ms Warren said has not been put off working in an industry which has been criticised for its size zero models.
She said: “I think there’s been a bit of a move away from that. All of the designs I did at university were for a size eight and not a size zero.”
Ms Warren, who has a younger brother George, 20, said she was most looking forward to seeing her white leather dress being paraded down the catwalk.
“That’s the one I’m most excited by,” she said.
“It’s a stylish leather dress with beading on the sleeves. Another one I am really looking forward to seeing is a printed jacket.”
She added: “For a lot of my designs I have done my own prints from photos I have taken, many of which came from Portland in Dorset.”
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