Camping couture claims national prize

20 June 2024

Jasmin Honeyball scoops Graduate Fashion Week’s Childrenswear award

A University of Central Lancashire student has won a highly prestigious fashion award after impressing senior industry figures with her attractive range of childrenswear.

Jasmin Honeyball, a BA (Hons) Textile Design undergraduate, scooped the top prize in the Childrenswear category at Graduate Fashion Week 2024.

The 21-year-old wowed judges from JoJo Maman Bébé, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s TU and Vogue childrenswear with her range of gender-neutral camping inspired outfits and accessories for youngsters.

Her collection comprised three sweatshirts, two waterproof dungarees, two jogging bottoms, three t-shirts with detachable embroidered badges, two drawstring bags, a knitted hat, a sleeping bag and a pair of wellington boots.

Jasmin, who lives in Leyland, said: “It was such a shock to hear my name read out. I had this overwhelming feeling of pride come over me as I’ve dreamed of going to Graduate Fashion Week since I was 13 so to win it was just crazy.”

The former pupil of Christ the King High School, in Southport, was inspired to create the collection by her 11-year-old brother James and their family camping trips.

She said: “He’s been in the Cubs and he’s now in the Scouts and he’s always loved earning the badges and being outside. Along with our parents and other brother Jack, we had such fantastic camping holidays in this country and those memories are ones I’ll always cherish.

"I had this overwhelming feeling of pride come over me as I’ve dreamed of going to Graduate Fashion Week since I was 13 so to win it was just crazy"

Jasmin Honeyball, winner of the Graduate Fashion Week 2024 award for Childrenswear

“As we’re currently in the depths of a cost-of-living crisis, more people are having to forego holidays abroad and they’re discovering the joys of the great outdoors either on their own doorsteps or within the UK.

“I wanted to reflect that in my range as my clothing features tents, forests, mountains, rivers, lakes, animals, flowers and lots of other images associated with the great outdoors.”

Jasmin, who studied at the Rare School of Fashion and Art, in Liverpool, before heading to the University’s Preston Campus, hand drew her creations and used the facilities in the University’s Print Studio to lino cut print and dry point print the designs on to the fabric.

She said: “In Covid times I discovered crochet, embroidery, weaving and beading so I knew I wanted to incorporate those into my final work, but I also wanted to learn new skills.

“Working in a small cohort of fantastic fellow students, who have all become great friends, as well as having one-to-one access to tutors and technicians has meant I’ve been able to try new techniques and master them so I got the perfect end result.”

The part-time waitress at Preston International hotel impressed the Graduate Fashion Week judges that much that they were quick to offer her job interviews for graduate level positions.

Jasmin, who won a competition with children’s bedding company Happy Linen in her second year, will graduate with a First-class degree next month.

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