Takudzwa Wows Judges
Talented teenage dressmaker Takudzwa Chigaduro has designs on a successful career after her creations wowed judges in a national fashion competition.
The 16-year-old dedicated hours of her free time to making three outfits for the competition which is part of Liverpool Fashion Week.
The Year 11 student even had the nerve-wracking experience of accompanying the catwalk model showcasing her creation to a panel of expert judges.
But her hard work paid off as she took second place in the Model 101 competition last month.
Takudzwa said: "I made three dresses. It took one week to make each one and then I got to showcase one of my designs.
"I had to go on the catwalk with the model and walk out in front of three judges. I was very nervous.
"It felt awesome to do so well, I didn't expect to come second although I am very confident in my ability. All of my family and friends are very happy for me and have given me lots of attention."
Now Takudzwa says she is determined to keep entering competitions with her unique designs.
She added: "I want to do this as a career and would be happy working anywhere as long as I got to design clothes."
Takudzwa plans to make her own evening gown for her prom next year before going onto to study art and design at Newcastle-under-Lyme College.
Assistant Vice-Principal, Mrs Crowther-Green, said: "Takudzwa is quite an independent young lady and a fantastic student. We are surprised that she entered, we had no idea – but we are delighted and extremely proud of her.
"The Academy is very proud to share the fantastic news that one of our talented year 11 students has been awarded second prize in a national fashion competition. I am in awe of her.
"She has inspired lots of other students especially when she brings dresses she designs into school. We are all waiting with bated breath to see her individually designed prom dress."
Takudzwa has achieved excellent results in her textiles class at school and completed a successful work experience placement last year at Victoria Anthony Dressmakers in Burslem.
Linda Meir, aged 65, who works at the family-run shop, said of the teenager: "She is a fantastic girl who works very hard.
"She will make a great designer in the future.
"She came to us for work experience and we said she could use the machines any time."