An Alfreton fashion designer has launched its first ever scholarship programme, offering a Nottingham Trent University fashion design student the opportunity to focus on fashion that’s ‘Made in Britain’.
Ten students from the university have been shortlisted for the scholarship orhanised by David Nieper, following intense competition to design garments with ‘British Flair’ for stylish women over 40.
Just one winner will be selected to receive the David Nieper award, which includes a trophy and a £3,000 scholarship to help support their final year of study.
The firm’s managing director, Christopher Nieper, said: “We launched this scholarship to encourage young British talent, help with university costs and provide the students with behind the scenes experience.
“The future of British fashion is in their hands so it is very important to showcase the importance and quality of local manufacturing to both the fashion industry and British jobs.”
Nottingham Trent University lecturer Sean Prince said: “The support of David Nieper is extremely valuable to our students as they approach their all-important final year. The £3,000 award will make a huge difference to the chosen student who in addition, will have the opportunity to benefit from the real-life practical and commercial experience of working with such a successful and well-established British fashion company. It will complement their academic studies and enhance their employability in the extremely competitive fashion industry.”
In the first round, 78 students were challenged to design garments for women aged 40+, an often-overlooked market. Students were asked to take the concept of Britishness and ‘Cool Britannia’ as the inspiration for their designs, and to investigate how their garments could be made in the UK.
David Nieper employs 230 people. The scholarship winner will be announced later this year and will also receive a specially designed trophy.