Olivia will see her work on runway

AN UP and coming fashion designer has reached the finals of two national competitions.

Fashion design student Olivia Overton, of Aldwick, was selected as a finalist of the 2015 Fashion Awareness Direct competition in this month’s London Fashion Week.

She has also made the shortlist of the British Fashion Council Burberry competition out of more than 200 UK entries.

Middlesex University student Olivia, 21, said: “It’s really exciting and a massive confidence boost to have been recognised in both competitions. It’s been intense but I’ve learned a lot from the process.

“It’s surreal to think I will see my pieces at London Fashion Week already.”

The FAD contest explored what physics and design had in common. Olivia focused on gravity and the physical impact it has on the body.

Her mini-collection of clothing included details like harnesses and parachute designs.

They will be modelled at a runway show in front of a panel of experts like the Telegraph Magazine’s fashion features director and Karen Millen’s chief creative officer among a packed audience. The £1,000 winner will be chosen by the panel.

The BFE Burberry competition wanted contrasts explored. She chose women’s ‘coming of age’ inspired by tribes in Ethopia and South America for her pieces. At stake is £2,000 and an internship at the brand.