A TAILORING student from Hampton in Arden is hoping to prove she is a cut above the rest when she takes part in a prestigious contest to show off her craftsmanship in London.
Laura Doyle, 26, who studies theatre costume, pattern cutting and tailoring at Inkberrow Design Centre in Worcestershire, is one of 26 finalists picked from a group of 60 hopefuls who will be exhibiting their designs for the £2,000 Golden Shears competition at the Merchant Taylors Hall on Monday.
Professional models will wear finalists’ creations with a judging panel comprising of some of the country’s top bespoke tailors.
To reach the finals, Laura made a tailored jacket with a cape collar and a pair of trousers and was awarded marks for technical skill, design, cutting and handcraft tailoring.
She lists Vivienne Westwood and Paul Smith as her favourite designers and said: “It was a real surprise to reach the finals and I am really excited. I did not think I would get this far. The competition will be of a very high standard but it would be fantastic to win.”
Laura is no stranger to the limelight after one of her dresses, a sailor inspired outfit was modelled to the public at the Clothes Show Live event at the NEC last December.