Fashion Students Exhibited at Olympia


Fiona Ward’s National Fashion Textiles Competition entry 2014. Modelled here by Penny Thomas.

A Barton Pevil student has finished runner-up in the National Fashion Textiles Competition and has also been shortlisted for the Batsford Prize. 

Fiona Ward’s “Junky styled creation with Mexican military influences” impressed  judges at the National Fashion Textiles Competition and her success in that competition was announced at the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show, held at Olympia last weekend.  

Fiona’s work was displayed in the show at Olympia, together with that of Barton Peveril Foundation Art student, Emma Batchelor, whose ‘Golden Swan’ outfit was one of the 20 garments shortlisted in the competition.

Emma Batchelor Golden Swan river back view

Emma Batchelor ‘Golden Swan’ outfit

Commenting on her success, Fiona said:

“Textiles is an amazing subject and this was first project I did at Barton Peveril. I had just come from GCSE and was thrown in at the deep end.  Now I’ve got offers from five universities and am really excited about going on to study Textile Design, hopefully at Falmouth.”

Fiona also exhibited a sculptural piece  at the Barton Peverils recent fashion show, which attracted a lot of attention through being partially constructed from train tickets.

Fiona Ward with her garment created for the Barton Peveril 2014 Fashion Show

Fiona Ward with her garment created for the Barton Peveril 2014 Fashion Show

Another piece of Fiona’s work, a particularly colourful entry entitled ‘Floating’ has been shortlisted for the Batsford Prize, a national competition for undergraduate and postgraduate students in the field of applied arts.

Emma has also been selected as a finalist for this year’s Eastleigh ENLIVEN Fashion Project, together with first year textiles student, Hermione Bressloff.

Art Textiles subject leader, Lorna Miller, said:

“Fiona and Emma have both done amazingly well and made a brilliant start to their creative CVs.”

“Fiona is an exceptional textile student with massive potential for the future and this win is wonderful news for her.”

Ray Turner

Formerly a Civil-Servant and IT Specialist at ONS, Ray is now semi-retired and spare-time self-employed. He contributes to Eastleigh News on a voluntary basis and is also an administrator for the site.