Last night, over 50 students took to the catwalk in Midsummer Place Shopping Centre’s 3rd annual Young Fashion Designer of the Year Awards, which this year was its biggest and best yet, with a who’s who of the fashion world judging panel, entertainment and much more!

Five schools from across Milton Keynes took part, including MK College, The Hazeley Academy, Lord Grey, Stantonbury and Walton High, drawing in a crowd of over 400 spectators with their outstanding designs. All students had their turn on the catwalk where their final garments, which they have worked on for the past eight months, were judged in four categories, year 9, year 10/11, year 12 and year 13.

The winner and runner up for each category were-

Year 9- Winner year 9 - Charlene Grady, Runner up- Alice Obstiston
Year 10/11- Winner year 10- Megan Jarman, Runner up- Lauren-Lois Duah
Year 12- Winner year 12- Rosie Smith, Runner up- Panashe Sabau
Year 13-  Winner year 13- Lauren McVeigh, Runner up- Sherelle Williams
Overall Winner- Rosie Smith

Students were presented with their awards by one of the four judges, Claire Grey, who is head of production at bespoke London Fashion House, State of Grace. Claire was joined on the judging panel by local and upcoming fashion designer and creator of CM brand, Claire Maley, and Jane Fry and Julia Croft from fashion magazine Affinity.

The judges chose Rosie Smith from MK College as the overall winner on the night, who won a day’s work placement at the State of Grace.

The judges came to their final decisions after extensively looking through the student’s coursework which was submitted two weeks before the awards, and the final garments last night.

On the night there was also live entertainment from up and coming local artists, Dretonio, Jamie Stimpson and Mister V.

All judges were outstanding with all the students work, “All of the students work tonight has been to an extremely high level, we have seen work that would comfortably fit in to the high street stores, and also work that could see on some of the worlds catwalks” said Claire Grey.

“We chose Rosie Smith as the overall winner as she showed a very high technical level and we liked her use of fabrics and unique design.”

The Fashion Quarter plan to hold the awards again in 2013/2014. If you are a school or fashion students who would like to be involved then please get in touch at for more details.