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Sunderland Student Wins Remembrance Day Design Competition

Tuesday, 08 December 2009

A Sunderland student has beaten off local talent to be crowned the winner of a fashion competition at the Bridges.

Hannah Ord, 18, came top of the shops over other local college and university students in the area to win a Remembrance Day competition designed to help visually commemorate the sacrifices of members of the armed forces and of civilians in times of war

The shopping centre challenged all local colleges and universities in the area to create a fashion piece using poppies as a material or muse. 

Hannah comments: 'I entered the competition as it was an alternative option to completing the drawing brief I was given by my tutors. I have always had an interest in fashion design and thought this would be a good opportunity to try out the designing and making process for real'

Hannah's entry was inspired by the old fashioned military jackets that were worn mainly for show during parades and have become an iconic fashion statement today. She simplified the poppy shape to create a dramatic red silhouette for maximum impact.

Hannah won a £100 Bridges giftcard to treat herself in Bridges stores such as Topshop, River Island, USC and H&M.

Hannah continues: 'I was very surprised when I heard that I had won and extremely happy! With it being the first time I had tried making a garment set to a specific brief I didn't think I'd had enough practice to win!'

'As for career aspirations, I am undecided of what I would like to do, perhaps fashion could possibly be a career path for the future'

Sarah King, marketing manager at the Bridges, concludes: 'Hannah has created a beautiful garment which has historic meaning but is also fashion forward - she is truly deserving of winning!'

'The competition has been so successful that we are extending the competition to primary and high schools next year, creating a range of categories.'

All entries were exhibited within the centre between 9 - 15 November 2009 to pay tribute to the heroes of war. 



Notes to Editors

  • The Bridges provides 515,000 sq ft (47,845 sq m) of retail space in the heart of Sunderland
  • It offers over 100 shop units, including top name retailers such as Debenhams, Next, H&M Hennes and River Island
  • It attracts approximately 26 million visitors each year, with an average weekly footfall of 500,000 shoppers
  • The Bridges has a core catchment population of 550,000 people within a 30 minute drive.