Fashion student Scarlett goes through to Royal Opera House Design Challenge final

Congratulations to Art & Design student Scarlett Kent who was chosen as New City College’s winner of the Royal Opera House Design Challenge 2022, with a stunning creation.

The 18-year-old, who studies Fashion at the Ardleigh Green campus in Hornchurch, designed a dramatic red and black tailored ensemble with extravagant statement shoulder pieces, which caught the eye of the judges.

Five students had made it through to the college final of the competition which is run annually by the Royal Opera House to inspire the next generation of costume and set designers.

Mikala Cornish, Tayla Fairey, Lucy Llewellyn, Faridat Mojeed and Scarlett were all challenged to create stage costumes for a range of characters from the production of Benjamin Britten’s opera Peter Grimes, and then present their work to the panel of experts.

They were judged on their interpretation of the director’s vision and were asked to use the director’s notes as an influence in their design processes. Their entry had to include their research and planning, along with the final garment they had created.

Scarlett, who only began sewing when she started college, was awarded first place with her beautiful ensemble, taking inspiration from the character The Niece. She will now go on to represent New City College at The Royal Opera House final stages, competing against hundreds of entries from other colleges.

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