University of uniforms

Monday 17 July 2017

Three Fashion & Textile Higher Education students at Bedford College took 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes in the national Project 20/20, Professional Clothing Awards. 

Abby Simpson, Sarah Davis and Megan Schneider made up their designs made up for the showcase event in London on 21 June. At the same time Bedford College, which offers degree-level learning locally, won the ‘Best University’ plaque. 

Fashion winners

Megan in peach on stage with VIPs and some of the designs

“This is a massive competition that received 100s of entries from top Fashion & Textile BA degree courses nationally, including institutions such as Nottingham and Brighton,” said Elisa Bratton, HND and Level 3 Fashion & Textiles Course Leader,

“Reaching the semi-finals involved our students being awarded a grant to make up their submitted designs, these were then showcased on the catwalk at the Professional Clothing Awards at the Intercontinental-O2- London on 21 June 2017.

“This was the first time we as a college have entered this competition and it put our HND course on the map for outstanding teaching and student performances among some of the country’s top fashion and textile degree courses.

“This opportunity will provide each of the shortlisted students with exciting world-wide industry exposure which has seen finalists gain prestigious placements within the field, alongside cash prizes for both the students and a donation to the college.”

Fashion winners

Abby in pink with VIPS at awards ceremony

Professional Clothing Awards

The Professional Clothing Awards have been established to recognise the international uniform supply chain and reward exceptional work wear, corporate clothing and PPE (professional protective equipment)  from around the world. After a fantastic event in 2016, which was SOLD OUT and attended by over 400 industry figures, the PCA was back and  held in the nation’s capital at the prestigious venue The Intercontinental – The O2.

The awards covered all facets of the working garment industry from Business Manager Awards, PPE Innovation Awards, Supplier, Manufacturer and Distributor Awards and Industry Recognition Awards. 2017 also sees the return of ‘Project 20/20… And Beyond', our quest to shine a light on young designers looking to make

Their mark on the professional clothing industry, which has been kindly sponsored by YKK.

Award categories include: PPE Innovation of the Year 2017; Suppliers, Distributors and Manufacturers Awards; Industry Recognition Awards and Business Manager

Awards, kindly sponsored by Badgemaster. For a full list visit

1st Abby, aged 20, of Luton top completed an internship with Cimone fashion house during her course.

2nd Megan, aged 19, of Luton is one of the three Bedford College finalists.

3rd Sarah, aged 43, originally from New Zealand and who settled in Harrold, Beds decided to study a higher education course in the arts and is proving a success at Bedford College.

Award winner

Sarah second from right with certificate