Fashion student’s designs on success

budding fashion designer Kate Bowman
budding fashion designer Kate Bowman
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A BUDDING fashion designer from Sheffield showed off her unusual creations to experts from the sports and leisurewear industry.

Kate Bowman, aged 22, of Montgomery Road, Nether Edge, presented her final degree collection as part of the annual University College Falmouth Fashion Show.

Kate, who took an art foundation course at Chesterfield College, after leaving High Storrs School in Sheffield, was among 30 students showing off their work.

Creative Kate used a minimal-waste pattern-cutting technique to create her clothes.

She combined this with vintage couture samples and material sourced from a scrap store near Barnsley which was selling off textiles from a caravan upholsterer.

She said: “I started making things when I was at Hunters Bar junior school but it was mainly at home in the evenings and weekends.

“We used to make things a lot at home with my mum.

“I took art A level but I didn’t take the textiles course, I just carried on making things at home.

“Then I did the foundation course at Chesterfield College and it was incredible.

“I specialised in fashion. I wasn’t sure what it would be like and I was really worried about how it would work out but my tutor proved it could be fun.”

Kate is hoping to pursue a career in the fashion industry but in which area she’s not sure.

She said: “My future is definitely in making things. I really like making clothes and designing them but I’m not sure what form my career will take.”