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.”
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.”