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Mary Benson

Mary is making a name for herself

Clothes line

A Leeds student is really making a fashionable name for herself.

A BBC TV show is helping to make a fashion star of Mary Benson, 18, from Seacroft. She has finished her National Diploma in Fashion, Clothing and Textiles at Leeds College of Art and Design. Mary now intends to return to the college to study on the fashion foundation course.

Her moment of TV fame came after her collection of cutting-edge designs starred in an episode of Mary Queen of Shops (07/07/08) , a BBC TWO TV show. The programme is presented by retail guru Mary Portas.

Students were asked to pitch their clothes designs in November 2007 to a panel, including Mary Portas, and be ready to sell their creations in a boutique in York. Mary was up against tough competition with over 30 other entrants, all older than her, but was picked as one of three students to sell her collection.

Dresses on hangers

Some of Mary's creations

She also produces clothes for Blue Rinse, a boutique, in Leeds, that specialises in vintage and new clothing.

Mary is described by her college as "one of our bright little shining stars."

She will return to Leeds College of Art & Design in August 2008 to further her studies on the Foundation course. Meanwhile Mary is busy filming for a new BBC3 entrepreneur show, putting together a pitch for Dragon’s Den and fulfilling the hundreds of orders that are coming in.

Mary's tutor Mike Jackson says: "The whole course has been absolutely fantastic and Mary's inspiration has provided the spark for all to excel."

Of the future Mary says “I would really like to end up studying in London, build upon my own label, and eventually have my own well known shop in the centre. That would be really good.”

last updated: 18/07/2008 at 15:57
created: 25/01/2008

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