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Bedford College beat top fashion and textile universities across the UK in a national competition.

More than 2,000 students nationwide entered The Bradford Textile Society awards but Sophie Penwright took first prize in the Clothworkers’ Company Award with a printed textile design suitable for both fashion and interior. Her work “Reimagined Safari”  is now on display at the Dye House Gallery in Bradford.

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Sophie, aged 19 from Kempston, won £300 and is planning to go on to the new BA Hons Degree at Bedford College with a view to becoming a fashion buyer.

Elisa Bratton, Fashion and Textile Programme Leader said: “It is really exciting to see how the HND course here at Bedford College is providing students with the platform, opportunity and teaching expertise to compete on a national scale alongside the top BA institutions in fashion and textiles.

Said Director of the Arts Toby Clark said: “The success of this course demonstrates how the riverside Bedford College South Bank Arts Centre is a hothouse for talent across the arts. Our students can stay here and gain degrees, win places at the best art schools and universities, or step into great jobs.”

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