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Painsley College student wins top fashion award

By Cheadle Post and Times  |  Posted: March 25, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

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A PAINSLEY Catholic College student has won a top fashion designer award.

Jos Swinnerton, from Cheadle, is currently in his third year of studying fashion at Derby University.

The 23-year-old recently showcased some of his creations at the St Andrew’s Charity Fashion Show in Scotland, and came back with the ‘Young Designer Award’.

Jos said: “I still feel excited about winning the award, but also very focused on what I want to pursue now. I feel like I have a direction now.”

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Jos attended Painsley Catholic College and Moorlands Sixth Form in Cheadle, and then Leek College to study a BTEC and then a Foundation Degree in Art and Design before going on to university.

He said: “It was within the last few years when I was in college where a very close friend and an inspirational teacher introduced me to the possibilities of fashion and design.

“My ideas and drawings became something physical, full of texture and colour.

“Mainly I design mens-wear, but I do dabble in a bit of womens-wear from time to time to keep ideas fresh.”

As for design and technique, Jos said: “I look more to the practical side of design, where items should not only have a strong design aesthetic, but also a function property which may include weather resistant fabrics or specifically placed pockets.

“I use my sewing machine a lot of the time.

“I can hand-make items as well but I just choose to use the machine to help speed up processes.

“Aitor Throup was my main inspiration in design - how he develops his drawings into clothing is a fantastic process to witness.

“My other inspirations revolve around daily life and practicality.”

As for the future, Jos said: “My main aspiration is to work my way up into a design company where I can learn and grow from their knowledge and maybe one day pursue my own brand.

“I feel really grateful to have such a supportive family and group of friends and to have had the opportunity to compete in the competition and meet so many wonderful people, never mind being chosen as the winner.”

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