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Syd June 23

Syd's 'Swiss Army Knife of Handbags' is the cutting edge of fashion

Fashion student Syd Newman has received a prize for creating what has been described as "The Swiss Army Knife of Handbags".

Those were the words of John Ridgeway-Wood, Master of The Company of Cordwainers of the City of York, who presented BA Fashion Design & Garment Technology under-graduate Syd with the award during an exhibition at Bedern Hall this week that also showcased the work of all our first-year fashion students and those on our BA 3D Creative Practice and BA Graphic & Communication Design courses.

Mr Ridgeway-Wood explained that he had nicknamed Syd's stylish accessory "The Swiss Army Knife of Handbags", as it "does a bit of everything".

It was deemed the best handbag in a keenly-contested competition that also saw some highly-talented entries from her fellow York College University Centre students.

The Company of Cordwainers of the City of York is one of the seven ancient York Guilds still in existence in the 21st century and, along with the Guild of Media Arts, they hosted the exhibition in the historic St Andrewgate building that was originally used as the dining hall for the Vicars Choral of York Minster.

It is a three-way collaboration with York College University Centre that our Fashion Design & Garment Technology award leader Rebecca O'Leary spoke enthusiastically about during her opening speech.

Owen Turner, Master of the York Guild of Media Arts, also added "It's been a real pleasure to work with the students. The partnership is all about realising potential and being inspired by the next generation of creative people in the city.

"Everyone should be really proud of the work on display and I think the exhibition shows how York can showcase new and interesting visuals, while being respectful of the past. I hope it's just the first of many years that the Guild of Media Arts, the city's other Guilds and York College & University Centre can work together."

Click here to learn more about the exhibition.

See below for our gallery of pictures from the event...