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Designer from Crook needs region's support to win global Vogue competition
A DESIGN graduate whose final exam piece is catching the eye of the fashion industry is appealing for her native North-East to support her in her bid to become a top global designer.
Amanda Harrison created her nine-piece collection as part of her degree, but now the 23-year-old is hoping to turn her work into a full range of clothing.
She has already received support and praise from many in the fashion world, and is now hoping to win an international competition to take her designs from the page onto the high street.
Ms Harrison, from Crook in County Durham, is on the final shortlist for the global Vogue Talent competition, and is appealing for her fellow northerners to vote online.
If she wins, her collection, which features intricate hand drawn portraits of famous fashionistas, will be produced and sold by MUUSE and she will also have a full write up and photography session in global fashion magazine Vogue.
Ms Harrison has already had pictures of her collection in the magazine, but said to win the competition would really launch her career.
And it was a career that very nearly did not happen with Ms Harrison completing a degree in chemistry before turning to fashion.
She said: “I have always been good at art but it always seemed to me that it is better to go down an academic route.
“I don’t know anyone who made a career out of art, but I decided to give it a go when I realised I prefer art to chemistry.”
Ms Harrison studied at Wolsingham School and Community College before achieving seven A-Levels at Durham Johnston school and completing a foundation course in art at Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College in Darlington.
She then moved to the Saint Martin College of Art and Design in London.
To vote, visit muuse.com/#!vogue2013/483-amanda-harrisson before August 26.
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