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Zandra cash hurdle for student
Zandra Rhodes and Ceri Evans
The flamboyant Zandra Rhodes with Ceri Evans
A fashion student from Wrexham has won a second chance to work with celebrated designer Zandra Rhodes - but she cannot afford to go.

Yale college student Ceri Evans, 18, was named the UK's best Young Designer of the Year, beating 19 other hopefuls to the accolade last October.

Her prize was to spend time with Ms Rhodes' company, and they hit it off so well that she was invited back in the summer, but she does not have the cash to take up the offer.

But she says the experience even more determined to make it in the industry.

She was really very nice, she really wanted us to get involved
Ceri Evans

"I was asked back to do more work experience over the summer for a month but I haven't got enough money to go," she said.

"Sometime in the future I'd definitely like to go back," she added.

While at Ms Rhodes' studios near Tower Bridge in London, Ceri said she was allowed to work hands on.

"I did a lot of things like running errands, baking fabric... I handpainted some fabric too," she said.

Ceri, from Wrexham, said the designer was an inspiration.

"She was really very nice, she really wanted us to get involved," she said.

"She was very grateful for the work I was doing for her."

Ceri won last year's competition, From Monarchy to Mogul, with her ethnic design which drew comparisons between British and Indian cultures.

The teenager said she still wanted to pursue a fashion course at university but was considering specialising in lingerie design.

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