V&A Success

Inspired by

A group of emerging designers from Kensington and Chelsea College have been selected to debut their work at the world renowned V&A Museum.

The talented six from the college’s Art and Design: Glass, Ceramic and Jewellery Courses and Millinery Design Course were given the opportunity after entering the museum’s much revered Inspired by…’ competition.

Students Ian Mess, Suzy Grimshaw, Malvinka Bitelli, Sarah Cowley, Rosamund Lyons and Eleanor Vallerini beat hundreds of entries from across the nation to be shortlisted for a competition award and a coveted spot exhibiting at the museum between June 4 and July 3.

Entrants were required to draw their inspiration for the competition from collections featured in V&A South Kensington, or the V&A Museum of Childhood.

Art and Design student Malvinka Bitelli, who is exhibiting a glasswork design inspired by the Russian artist El Lissitzky, said: ‘I’m absolutely thrilled at being given the chance to exhibit my work at the V&A and making it on to the competition shortlist. It’s an amazing opportunity.’

Millinery student Eleanor Vallerini added: ‘I’m very excited about exhibiting at the V&A. I can’t believe I’ve been given such a great opportunity for exposure. My dream is to set up a small business designing hats, and this is definitely a step in the right direction!’

Gill Ingham, Head of Creative Arts and Media at Kensington and Chelsea College, said: ‘This is another brilliant example of the talent emerging from Kensington and Chelsea College. Getting shortlisted for a V&A award and the chance to profile your work at such an acclaimed venue is no easy task. I feel thoroughly proud of our students.’

Competition winners will be announced during a special awards ceremony held at the V&A on June 4.