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Fashion high-flyer... on paper

PUBLISHED: 17:11 20 May 2009 | UPDATED: 16:43 25 August 2010

INSIDE STORY: The dress made from newspapers.

INSIDE STORY: The dress made from newspapers.

A TEENAGER has been tipped as the next Vivienne Westwood for her outlandish fashion designs.

A TEENAGER has been tipped as the next Vivienne Westwood for her outlandish fashion designs.

Kidbrooke School student Yuliya Krypo, 16, from Eltham, won £1,000 by designing a dress made entirely out of newspapers for the Fold in the Re-Create contest.

The talented Ukrainian was tipped by judges to be a major fashion designer after she wowed them with her dress, which featured 1,000 folded paper cranes.

Tate Modern curator Cedar Lewisohn, one of four judges, said: "I'd love it if Yuliya went on to study fashion at St Martin's or somewhere - she might be the next Vivienne Westwood."

The teenager, who moved to Britain when she was 13, is currently sitting her GCSEs. She said: "I started the dress before Christmas. Then it was a day here, a day there, then half term - altogether it took about a month.

"Most of my spare time is spent designing and making dresses. I started making dresses for my Barbie dolls when I was seven.

"When I was 16 I won a prize for art and design that really gave me a boost in confidence."

Eventually, the student hopes to gain a place at Central St Martin's, in Holborn, an art and design college with alumni including Stella McCartney.

One of the teenager's favourite designers, Alex McQueen, became a student at the college after working in Savile Row and for theatrical designers Gieves & Hawkes.

Miss Krypo added: "I do also like Vivienne Westwood - I find all the bold designers an inspiration.

"I've been making costumes for our drama department and I just want to keep on creating things.

"It would probably be pretty tough getting in there but I can try. You never know what lies ahead."

jules.cooper@archant.co.uk


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