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Fashion graduate on the right tracks following award shortlisting

Coventry Editorial 8th Jul, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A FASHION graduate has sewn herself a successful fashion label, Bottle Blonde, and now has big plans to help other fashionistas reach for the needle and thread with the help of The Prince’s Trust charity.

Chloe Hollingsworth has designed outfits for Britain’s Got Talent, set up her own clothing line from scratch and has recently been shortlisted for Midlands Independent Designer Award – but claims this is just the start of her fashion career.

Speaking to The Observer, Chloe said: “It’s been four hard years of work, but things are really starting to take shape and I’m really excited as to what the future may hold.

“I’ve always had a passion for fashion, bright colours and clothing that is a little bit out of the ordinary which you can see in my label.

“Bottle Blonde has been heavily influenced by Debbie Harry, or Blondie to most people, and the vibrant 80s era.”

The Coventry graduate started her fashion career on her bedroom floor – making handmade sequin jackets, eccentric trousers, and colourful tops – and was later scouted by ITV’s Britain Got Talent theatrical stylist.

The twenty-seven year old, who also helps out in the fashion department at Coventry University, hired a handful of students to help make eight tinsel jackets for the talent competition’s live shows.

Since then, she has teamed up with The Prince’s Trust to find studio space, funding and help the students to also put their stamp on the fashion industry.

She added: “It has got to that point where I can no longer see my bedroom as it’s covered in sequins, glitter and bits of tinsel.

“I’m eager to find a space of my own and work on making my business even bigger and better.

“I’m also excited to work on new projects with other aspiring fashion designers and hopefully work my way into manufacturing.”

The fashion designer is currently working on her new collection ahead of this year’s Midlands Designer Awards and is almost ready to reveal her new and exciting lines.

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