Panel of Charity Shop Design Challenge Judges revealed

Adding to the magnificent John Bright and Jenny Beavan, we are very fortunate to confirm a fashion heavyweight panel of Charity Shop Design Challenge 2016 judges, and the fantastic thing about it is that they all have their heart firmly based on the South Coast.

Basia Szkutnicka
Basia is a fashion consultant, educator and writer, and formerly course director and lecturer at London College of Fashion. From January 2017 she will hold the position of Professor of Fashion Design at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She is also the author of "Vintage Details; A Fashion Sourcebook"

Maggie Alderson
Maggie is a fashion writer and bestselling novelist. She has been editor of ELLE UK and ES Magazine and for several years had a fashion column in The Times. She contributes to leading magazines and newspapers in the UK, the USA and Australia and is currently writing her tenth novel.

Ben Ramsden
Environmental Activist and Ethical Fashion Entrepreneur campaigning and supporting various social projects including entrepreneurship, education, natural resource management, seed security and living wages for farmers across 1000 villages in India.

Philip Oakley
St. Leonards based lighting and interior designer and eccentric dog owner. Philip has been creating lighting displays for Blackpool Illuminations and working with Savile Row tailor Richard James amongst many other projects.

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We are thrilled to announce that two of our Charity Shop Design Challenge judges this year will be costume design legends John Bright and Jenny Beavan.

John Bright originally trained as an actor and has spent the last five decades working at the heart of the costume industry and within a long professional relationship with Ismail Merchant and James Ivory. In 1965 John established Cosprop, which is now one of the world's leading costumiers housing a large collection of original garments that appeared in a wide range of TV, film and theatre. 

John won an Academy Award in costume design for 

"Room With A View" (shared with Jenny) (1986)


and received various Academy Award nominations amongst which were

"Remains of the Day"

"Sense and Sensibility"

and "Howards End"


Introducing ... Jenny Beavan

Jenny is a costume designer and has worked on more than 60 films, many of them in collaboration with John Bright and Merchant Ivory. After her degree in set design from the Central School of Art and Design, her first break came when she took an unpaid job designing costumes for a small film for them and has since had multiple award nominations and won Academy Awards for "Room With A View" (with John), an Emmy for "Emma" and more recently a Bafta and another Academy Award for 

"Mad Max Fury Road"

Jenny has also designed costumes for the upcoming

"A United Kingdom"

as well as Guy Richie's "Sherlock Holmes"

"The King's Speech"

"Child 44"

"Gosford Park"

Having John and Jenny in our team of competition judges is an amazing opportunity for all entrants to have their work seen and appreciated by them ... who knows where we might see the winners' designs next..?