Lilly Ousantzopoulou V&A Win

Lilly Ousantzopoulou

V&A Success For Kensington And Chelsea College Millinery Student

A rising designer who studied at Kensington and Chelsea College bagged the top award in a prestigious national competition set by the world renowned V&A Museum.

Lilly Ousantzopoulou who graduated from a jewellery design course at the college last year was crowned the winner in the Jewellery and Metalwork Category of the V&A ‘Inspired By’ Competition.

The much revered contest is aimed at profiling the talents of people on part-time art and design courses and attracts hundreds of entries from across the nation each year.

Entrants were required to draw their inspiration from collections featured in V&A galleries.

Lilly Ousantzopoulou Necklace

Lilly’s award winning entry was a silver and gold plated necklace.

The talented 27-year-old said of her win: ‘I really didn’t expect to win and forgot about my entry until I was told I’d been shortlisted. Just to be shortlisted was amazing as I got to exhibit my work at the museum. When I was selected as the winner for my category, it really was the icing on the cake!’

Since graduating from her course at Kensington and Chelsea College Lilly has up-rooted to Italy where she is hoping to develop her career as a designer and bring her creations to the Italian mainstream.

Lilly said of her college course: ‘I had an amazing time at Kensington and Chelsea College. It was a really inspiring and positive environment to learn, with fantastic tutors. Winning the award was the perfect way to have finished my course. It was great end to a great year at the college!’

Three other designers – Gabrielle O’Neill, Shamim Sikder and Hannah Wallington – who studied at the college also celebrated success in the competition after being shortlisted for various category titles.

Although narrowly missing out on an award all three were given the chance to profile their work at the prestigious museum.