2017 ‘Travel Broadens the Mind’ competition winners announced

Two first-year students on the Leeds College of Art Fashion Degree Programme have won a trip to China with their innovative designs that combine elements of Chinese and Western culture.

Willow Cicale-Brown and Brooke Kelsall impressed the judges with the design concepts they produced in response to a brief set by the Business Confucius Institute at the University of Leeds and Leeds College of Art. This is the final task in a module that encourages professional development and cross-cultural understanding through a series of workshops on Chinese language and culture. It is hoped that the international perspective gained from these classes will provide all students with an edge when they begin their careers in the global fashion industry.

The garments designed by Willow and Brooke will be professionally made and featured in future cultural events. The two students will be offered places on the Business Confucius Institute China camp in April 2018, where they will have the opportunity to soak up the culture, try out their new-found language skills, and visit fashion companies.

Winners for 2017 are:

Design pathway

Winner: Willow Cicale-Brown

Highly Commended: Brittany Knight

Communication pathway

Winner: Brooke Kelsall

Highly Commended: Katy Wolfe

Emanuelle Piarulli was awarded the prize for Strength of Concept.

Leeds College of Art is a Confucius Classroom affiliated with the Business Confucius Institute at the University of Leeds.