3 February 2017

A fashion student from the University of Hertfordshire has been selected for the 2017 Golden Shears Finalists’ Catwalk Show on Monday 20th March.

Aigerim Kaziyeva, a final year BA (Hons) Fashion degree student at the University, went through to the Catwalk Final stage due to the high quality, design and style of her garments.

The prestigious event is a bi-annual competition designed to support tailoring students and apprentices throughout the country. Entrants compete for the top fashion award and cash prizes.

Contestants are required to make a tailored outfit for the first stage, which is judged by leading bespoke tailors, marking on the design, cutting and tailoring of the garments.

Aigerim is one of 25 entrants to receive the highest marks from this stage and therefore selected for the final catwalk show of the competition. Here the finalists’ garments are presented by professional models to an audience from the City, fashion, tailoring and education worlds. Five VIP judges will mark the garments for style.

The Golden Shears and £3000 are awarded to those who receive highest marks in both the stages. The runner up receives Silver Shears and £2500.

Aigerim said: ’I’m so proud to have been selected as one of the finalists for the Golden Shears Awards competition. It took a lot of hard work and dedication. I have to thank my tutor Jayne for introducing me to this amazing opportunity and I’m also grateful to the teaching staff for supporting and pushing me forward.’

Tony Rosella, Principal Lecturer and Programme Leader for Fashion at the University of Hertfordshire, said: ‘Aigerim is a very talented student who possesses a great deal of fashion design ability with a rewarding design future ahead of her. She epitomises the philosophy of the Fashion programme at the University, demonstrating both excellent creative and technical abilities. I am delighted that Aigerim has been shortlisted as a finalist.'

The 2017 Golden Shears Finalists’ Catwalk Show takes place on Monday 20th March at the Merchant Taylors Hall, London.