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Clothes Show Live / NEC / DMU third year fashion student Naomi Lobley (20) pictured after winning Knitwear Designer of the year award. Pic: Jason Senior
Clothes Show Live / NEC / DMU third year fashion student Naomi Lobley (20) pictured after winning Knitwear Designer of the year award. Pic: Jason Senior
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IT was a double celebration for this St Annes student when she turned 21.

Not only was it Naomi Lobley’s landmark birthday, she was also celebrating winning a national fashion competition.

She scooped a top prize for her knitwear designs at the Clothes Show Live, at the NEC in Birmingham.

Naomi’s winning design, in the Knitted Textile Designer of the Year category, was a cream lacy dress, with knitted ‘snake’ scales, with a cropped jumper.

Naomi – who won a £500 cash prize plus yarn sponsorship – said: “I was really pleased, it was a great way to celebrate my 21st birthday.

“Hopefully the attention from winning will help get my name known in the industry.

“It was really good as I won last year too.

“I had to design and make an outfit using knitwear inspired by a current knitwear designer.”

Naomi was inspired by Dutch designer Nanna van Blaaderen and her Living Species collection.

She said: “I went for an animal look, made to look like snakeskin and fur.

“It took about a week of solidly knitting to create the outfit, not going out at all, just knitting all day.

“I love fashion, especially knitwear.

“Knitwear can be trendy – it doesn’t have to be all about granny jumpers. It can really make a statement, it can be really fashionable.

“I love having ideas, being creative, putting together a design and then seeing it all come to life.

“I’ve got one more year at university, then I will be looking at my options, but I would love to go into fashion work, especially knitwear and doing more competitions.”

Naomi thoroughly enjoyed the Clothes Show and last year, the third year student from De Montfort University, won the Knitter of the Year Award at the same event.

The former Lytham St Annes High School pupil, who lives in Heeley Road, said: “It’s a fantastic event, it’s great for showcasing the work of university and college students and up-and-coming designers.

“You get to see other people’s ideas and it’s really interesting.”