Tailor goes for gold in national competition

Danielle Ross

Danielle Ross

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The start to Danielle Ross’ career in the fashion industry has been tailor-made, with the Wellingborough woman reaching the final of a national competition.

The Golden Shears is a prestigious competition in the tailoring industry and Miss Ross said she can’t believe she has reached the final in her first year of work.

She said: “It’s amazing. I still can’t believe I have reached the final of something that is so prestigious in the industry.

“It’s unbelievable to think respected people, that have been in the industry for a long time, have judged my work to be good enough to reach the final.”

The 21-year-old has only been working as a tailor for seven months, working three days a week at Samuels The Tailors, on Sheep Street, Wellingborough.

She graduated with a degree in fashion design from De Montfort University, in Leicester, last year but spent her holidays and spare time throughout her university course learning the tricks of the trade at Samuels The Tailors.

Miss Ross impressed the owner so much that he decided to hire her.

Her boss, and store owner, Henry Samuel said: “I am really happy for Danielle.

“But I am also happy because it shows that I can teach.

“It is great to get to the final of something so prestigious. It shows that she has been listening and learning the whole time that she has been with me.”

Miss Ross had to enter a tailored outfit into the competition, and was one of the 25 entrants with the highest marks in the first round.

She will now go forward to the final, a catwalk show at Merchant Taylors’ Hall, in London.

No matter what the outcome is, the 21-year-old said she is delighted to make the final.

She said: “I’m just happy to get this far and have my work recognised by top class bespoke tailors and have the chance to show off my work.”