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Student designers do well

15 Aug 2007

Student designers do well Two student designers have been showing off their flair for sartorial success recently.

Nadia Gargiulo, 18, and Michele le Ayres, 53, are both about to launch their design careers at the first Cambridge Independent Fashion Fair at the weekend, according to the Cambridge Evening News.

Both have recently completed a two-year BTEC National Diploma course in fashion and clothing.

Michelle did her course at Isle College in Wisbech, which Nadia completed hers at Cambridge Regional College.

Michele, who joined the course after quitting the part-time administration jobs she had worked for decades while raising a family, achieved distinctions for every section of her diploma and went on to become a finalist in the UK-wide Can U Cut It?.

She also saw her clothes get modelled at Clothes Show Live at the NEC in Birmingham in December 2006.

Now on the cusp of setting up her own business, she told the Cambridge Evening News: "I've been busy learning about accounting and marketing. It's basically about learning the self-discipline to do your book-keeping and keep on top of things."

Meanwhile, Nadia intends to do more courses at the London College of Fashion before heading to university to study more fashion.

"I particularly like corsets and dresses because of how they enhance the body's shape. I'm really interested in the structure of garments," she said.

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