Girls from Belper School in fashion

Chloe and Megan from Belper School.
Chloe and Megan from Belper School.
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IT’S party time for two pupils from Belper School after they won a prestigious fashion competition.

Chloe Massey and Megan Hodgkinson were successful in the Fashion for Free! competition run by Alfreton-based business David Nieper.

The fashion house challenged pupils of all ages to design and make garments using only recycled materials.

Chloe and Megan emerged victorious in the It’s Party Time category for pupils in years seven and eight.

Christopher Nieper, managing director at David Nieper, said: “It is essential for us to engage with children at an early age and enthuse them about fashion. We were truly stunned by the response to our competition and the incredibly high standard of entries.

“It shows just how much talent and creativity there is among our local young people, and we are delighted to be able to celebrate it.”

There was also success for Andrew Hitchcock, of Crich Junior School.

He was named joint winner, alongside a team of four pupils from Wessington Primary School, Alfreton, in the Wearable Art category of the juniors’ age group.

Nearly 100 entries were received across four age groups. The winners were given a tour of the company and given an insight into the skills involved.

David Nieper also have a fashion academy. Dr Juliet Williams, the academy’s director, said: “With our Fashion Academy programmes, we hope to secure a rebirth of fashion design and manufacturing in its traditional East Midlands heartland. Who could not be encouraged by the passion and enthusiasm that has already been shown by schoolchildren as well as university students, and it is the boys as much as the girls!”