TWO budding fashion designers who had hoped to take to the catwalk at a national competition have showcased their items online.

Alice Macdonald and Holly Shotton made it through to the final of the ‘In the Footsteps of Dior’ competition.

Youngsters throughout the country were judged on their research, creativity and designs for three pieces of eveningwear.

The two Dunbar Grammar School pupils, who were in S2 when they entered the competition and are now in S4, had made it through to the final 10 after more than 60 entries were whittled down.

Originally, they were to take to the catwalk in Birmingham at the Fashion and Embroidery Show but, with the coronavirus pandemic ongoing, the event was held virtually.

The two girls worked on their project through an after-school sewing club.

Sheila Poulson, from the club, praised the efforts of Alice and Holly in the competition, which was open to 13-18-year-olds across the country.

She said: “They had to make their evening attire from their chosen design but, because of not being able to go to the show in Birmingham and wear it on the catwalk for the judges, they had to show it via Zoom and be interviewed about its construction, choice of fabrics and understanding of the processes entailed.

“Holly came third and Alice received special commendation.”

The hope is that the pair will get to show their outfits on the catwalk in Birmingham next March.