A TEENAGE fashion designer from Westhoughton has designed a dress which goes live on a major UK fashion website today.

Katie Macpherson, 17, won a UNiDAYS competition back in April which has seen her 'little black dress' design developed and now sold by Missguided - a leading women's fashion retailer.

Katie, now a student at Manchester Metropolitan university, created the design, a cutout cocktail number, that captured the judge’s imagination.

She said: "I am so excited to have won the competition. Working with expert designers to have my dress made has been an incredible experience.

"I’ve always been inspired by fashion and art - I think looking at runway images and collections is always important when designing, and I like contemporary styles which I incorporate into my work.

"I'm hoping we can work together on a capsule collection in the near future."

To celebrate London Fashion Week, UNiDAYS, the world’s biggest student discount platform, joined forces with Missguided, to offer a budding student designer the opportunity to produce and sell their winning idea.

Katie's mum, Kelly Partington, added: "It's an amazing opportunity for her. It could launch her career."

The winning entry was selected by a panel of Missguided’s top designers from over 2,000 entries.

Katie then had a one-to-one coaching and mentoring session with a judge to develop her idea and the design was then created and produced.

The stylish dress will now go on sale priced at £24 as a limited edition on the fashion platform.

Katie will receive an eight per cent share of the net profits, a £1,000 Missguided voucher and a UNiDAYS cash grant of £1,000.

Zahiah Alawneh, head of design at Missguided, said: “Missguided love creative collaborations and we were thrilled to partner with UNiDAYS to offer this chance to the UK’s student population.

"London Fashion Week is the jewel of the industry crown and it felt the perfect moment to offer this chance to experience the fashion world first hand."

Viviane Paxinos, of UNiDAYS, said: "We are so proud of Katie. Breaking into the fashion industry is incredibly daunting, even at the best of times."

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