Bradford College students design Tour de France fashions

Saima Amreen with fashion tutor Mabeth Ragan

Alyssd Wallis (front) with Shaista Patankar

Claire Delahaye looks at one of the designs

Carina Holdsworth with her Tour de France design top

First published in News

Fashion students in Bradford have set the wheels in motion for a Tour de France countdown of their own.

As the official 100-day countdown to the event got under way yesterday they were busy creating a range of outfits for the tour.

And the yellow-dominated clothes will feature in local events to mark the race passing through Yorkshire.

As Bradford College fashion degree course tutor Angela Loftus said: "It was just too good to miss.

"Our undergraduates are preparing an exciting range of Tour de France-inspired outfits, ideal for one of the most famous events in the sporting calendar."

The students have been asked to create a two-piece outfit of trousers and top, based on the Tour and cyclewear.

They were also asked to look at the Tour itself and where it is going in relation to the Bradford area.

"We gave them the basics and let them run with it," said Miss Loftus.

"Yellow, of course, is prominent but the rest is up to them."

So far, the designs are done, fabrics have been sourced and mock-ups made in cheaper cloth than will actually be used until the students are happy with the result.

They are now just starting to cut out the designs in the actual fabric.

Miss Loftus said: "The outfits are not meant to be actual sportswear because of the specialised nature of fabrics used for that.

“The idea is to promote and celebrate this event which has really hit the region.

"The clothes will feature in our end-of-year fashion show and will be ideal for when the Tour passes through our area.

“They could be worn to mark the event. It would be a shame not to."

The students – who include exchange students from Finland – are due to submit the collection on May 8.

"So we are on countdown too," said Miss Loftus.

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