Contest celebrates Derbyshire’s best young designers

David Nieper, Fashion for Free.
Infants from Alfreton's Copthorne Community School with their bags that they made from re-cycled materials for the David Nieper design competition.
David Nieper, Fashion for Free. Infants from Alfreton's Copthorne Community School with their bags that they made from re-cycled materials for the David Nieper design competition.

Derbyshire fashion house, David Nieper, held the final of a competition for primary school children to design and make textiles creations in a project created to recognise and reward some of our best and youngest designers.

The Fashion for Free! competition has been established to help encourage children to use their imaginations and learn how to create and make things.

David Nieper, Fashion for Free.
Pupils from Munday Church of England School with their competition entry.

David Nieper, Fashion for Free. Pupils from Munday Church of England School with their competition entry.

The event was called Fashion for Free! as the children are not allowed to spend any money on their design, but must find something from around the home or school, and give it a new lease of life using only old and recycled items.

Pictured with their designs are pupils from some of the schools which took part in the competition.

David Nieper, Fashion for Free.
Alfreton's Christ the King pupils with their designs entered in the David Nieper design competition.

David Nieper, Fashion for Free. Alfreton's Christ the King pupils with their designs entered in the David Nieper design competition.

David Nieper, Fashion for Free.
Ruby Rose Hinett, from Alfreton's Woodbridge Junior School with the design which she made with school pal, Georgia Golding, which was entered in the David Nieper design competition.

David Nieper, Fashion for Free. Ruby Rose Hinett, from Alfreton's Woodbridge Junior School with the design which she made with school pal, Georgia Golding, which was entered in the David Nieper design competition.

David Nieper, Fashion for Free.
Alfreton's Leys Junior School pupils, Caitlin Elliott, Ella Williams, Constance Curran and Natasha Faith with their designs which they entered in the David Nieper design competition.

David Nieper, Fashion for Free. Alfreton's Leys Junior School pupils, Caitlin Elliott, Ella Williams, Constance Curran and Natasha Faith with their designs which they entered in the David Nieper design competition.

David Nieper, Fashion for Free.
Local school children join in with the design activities at the David Nieper factory in Alfreton on Wednesday.

David Nieper, Fashion for Free. Local school children join in with the design activities at the David Nieper factory in Alfreton on Wednesday.

David Nieper, Fashion for Free.
Local school children are given lessons from sample machinist Andrew Dooley at the David Nieper factory in Alfreton on Wednesday.

David Nieper, Fashion for Free. Local school children are given lessons from sample machinist Andrew Dooley at the David Nieper factory in Alfreton on Wednesday.

David Nieper, Fashion for Free.
Ruby Rose Hinett, from Alfreton's Woodbridge Junior School with the Maleficent inspired design which she made with school pal, Georgia Golding, which was entered in the David Nieper design competition.

David Nieper, Fashion for Free. Ruby Rose Hinett, from Alfreton's Woodbridge Junior School with the Maleficent inspired design which she made with school pal, Georgia Golding, which was entered in the David Nieper design competition.

David Nieper, Fashion for Free.
Alfreton's Christ the King pupil Oliwia Ostapowicz with her hat that she made and entered in the David Nieper design competition.

David Nieper, Fashion for Free. Alfreton's Christ the King pupil Oliwia Ostapowicz with her hat that she made and entered in the David Nieper design competition.