MK College fashion student wins competition to design for new casino

Fri 26 Jul 2013

Fifteen students from Milton Keynes College went head to head to win a coveted prize to design the staff uniforms for the new casino which, when it opens later in the year, will be the largest in the country outside London.

In an exclusive competition organised by The Casino MK for Milton Keynes College students, 18-year-old Stephanie Czoboriek pipped the other students to be first past the post. Damian Aspinall, Aspers Chairman was very impressed by the standard of entries and chose the winning design for the casino’s staff uniforms.

Stephanie said that winning the competition had been a wonderful experience and given her an insight into how the world of fashion design works. "It was really good to be provided with such an amazing opportunity and then to be the winner of the chosen designs is crazy. It was fascinating going to the studio and seeing all my designs as samples and was really beneficial as a student to see it in a real life situation. I'm so pleased that they have chosen my designs and I cannot wait to go and see people actually wearing them when the casino opens."
Entrants to the competition had been asked by Aspers for a design that would become the inspiration behind the final uniform. Essential adjustments will now be made so the outfits are practical for day-to-day wear by the casino's 250 staff. Carolyne Hirsch, Managing Director of John Marks Uniforms said “Stephanie and some of her fellow students came to visit and experience a working factory. We also gave her the opportunity to try on the croupier's dress she had designed and understand the adaptations we had made to it. They were really excited and thrilled to see the finished product.”
Fashion and Clothing Lecturer with the College, Hilary Hutchinson, said that the competition and visit to the John Marks Uniform factory was a huge boost to the students’ future careers.  “It was really amazing to visit the studio and see Stephanie's designs made into an entire collection. The students have been given an invaluable first-hand experience to work as professional designers for a real client. We were also lucky enough to visit the factory where many of the garments will be made, and see the entire production process. An opportunity such as this is invaluable to aspiring designers and will be a massive boost to their CVs.”
Nigel Hartland, General Manager at The Casino MK said that the competition was the result of a close working relationship with the college “In the last six years we have developed a thriving relationship with the College and were pleased to be able to offer this opportunity to their students. They created some fantastic designs which they should be proud of. Stephanie's winning design has been used to inspire the new uniform which our staff will be wearing when the casino opens. We fully intend to continue working in partnership with the College and offering opportunities to the next generation in Milton Keynes.”
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