A young London tailor has won the Rising Star Silver Shears Award at the ‘Oscars’ of tailoring.

Yan Zhang, 22, from East Ham, who recently completed a fashion degree at Havering College of Further and Higher Education, scooped the prize at the Golden Sheers Awards at the Merchant Taylors’ Hall in London’s Threadneedle Street.

Yan said: “I would really like a job in fashion tailoring. The course at Havering included a major project on tailoring with our suits being showcased at Alternative Fashion Week in Spitalfields.”

Yan impressed judges, including fashion entrepreneur Lloyd Johnson, fashion writer Hilary Alexander, actress Joanna Lumley, chef Raymond Blanc and The Apprentice’s Nick Hewer, with her tweed jacket and pleated mini-skirt. Havering College curriculum manager for fashion Marie Loney said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Yan.”

Featured image caption: Joanne Lumley with award winner Yan Zhang and Creative Skillset executive director Kate O’Connor 

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