An ace for Birmingham’s bull

Young designers from Birmingham gave the city centre’s iconic bull statue a tennis makeover in time for the Aegon Classic women’s tennis tournament due to be held in the city just before Wimbledon.

South and City College Birmingham HND fashion students Leigh-Anne Rogers, 25, Natalie Segelov, 18, and Minna Watson, 22, spent three weeks creating an outfit of t-shirt, shorts, sweatband and tennis racket.

Eileen Simons, assistant director of fashion at South & City College Birmingham, said: “The project has been a tremendous challenge for our students and is a great achievement, broadening and diversifying their skills and knowledge of the eclectic nature of the industry; one day a catwalk and the next day a bull.”

All the fabric for the project was sourced from Birmingham’s Rag Market.

Tim Walley, general manager at the Bullring shopping centre, said: “I’ve no doubt that this new outfit is sure to be a hit with our customers.”

Featured image caption: From left: Leigh-Anne Rogers, fashion tutors Jessica Lench and Eileen Simons, Natalie Segelov and Minna Watson