Spotlight on young designer Lou at global fashion event

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It is the student fashion show watched by the world’s best designers - and a woman from Swallow will be showcasing her work at the top event.

Lou Watson has been selected as a finalist for the St Andrews Charity Fashion Show young designer of the year award after beating off some tough competition.

The 22-year-old impressed judges with her Alice in Wonderland-inspired corset and basque designs.

And now she is making the five-piece collection to be modelled at the fashion show in February.

It will be watched by thousands of people - and Lou cannot wait to see her creations on the catwalk.

She said: “I decided to enter online , I just thought ‘why 
not’.

“Winning would mean everything, I can’t even begin to describe how good it would 
be.”

The designers were asked to make a collection based on the theme of this year’s show - bright young things.

Lou said: “I just love all that surrealism and eccentricity.”

Countour fashion graduate Lou currently runs online business Persephone Corsetry - and she has big aspirations for the future.

She said: “Eventually I would like to have my own little boutique.

“That would be amazing.”

If Lou wins the competition she will get £1,000.

And the title ‘young designer of the year’ will put Lou on the map as one of the country’s best talents.