Students were challenged to design a multifunctional outfit for a particular purpose for this years 2018/19 Wool4School Design Competition in the UK.

With so many fantastic submissions, the talent from the UK was extremely high and the judges commended all entries.

The inaugural winner of the 2019 UK Wool4School design competition has been announced and Harlow College student Elise Bailey named the 2019 Wool4School UK winner.

Elise’s multifunctional Merino wool design incorporated the performance benefits of wool with the added technical functionality of solar panels.

On the announcement of her win Elise expressed her excitement.

“In such a competitive field it means a lot to me that a panel of judges have chosen my design to win, this has fuelled my motivation to keep aiming for my dream career.

“As the fashion industry is a considerable contributor to the world's pollution, I am interested in sustainable and eco-friendly fashion. As wool is biodegradable, I was very excited about this competition because the design had to consist of 80% wool. Because the design needed a multifunctional aspect, I started to look into solar panels in fashion and the possible ways that they could help a garment.”

Elise was commended by the expert panel of judges for innovatively incorporating technology in her design. Inspired by a survivalist, the incorporation of solar panels naturally warm up her outfit.

“Elise’s winning entry responded to the Wool4School brief extremely well, identifying a focused and specific problem and then providing a sophisticated solution,” explained University of Arts London Director and Wool4School judge, Ross Anderson.

“The technical drawings and accompanying annotations were excellent, and this was one of very few entries that sought to incorporate technology into the design through the use of solar panels. A worthy winner.”


Fantastic submissions were received from across the UK and the judges extended a special congratulations to:

  • England Runner Up: Miles Chiltern – Dame Alice Owen’s School
  • Wales Regional Winner: Amy Jordan – Stanwell School
  • Wales Runner Up: Chris Evans – Ysgol Gyfun Aberaeron
  • Teacher Winner: Emily Streatfeild – West Suffolk College
  • Teacher Runner Up: Kimberley Gammon – St Peter’s School


Wool4School Project Manager Ashley Hollis said: “It was a real pleasure viewing all the submissions from this year’s Wool4School competition with fantastic entries from across the UK. Congratulations to all who participated and we look forward to the 2019/20 competition.

“Off the back of the success of this year’s competition, the 2019/20 competition will expand to be open to the GCSE level.”

View each finalist’s submission:

  • Elise Bailey designed a survivalist jacket, trousers, gloves and a hat, with changing garment functions to suit the wearer to the climate, plus solar panels inbuilt into the jacket sleeves to help the end user store heat.
  • Miles Chiltern designed a sleeping bag for survivalists which can transform into trousers and a bag and highlighted the importance of Merino wool’s odour resistance in his design.
  • Amy Jordan designed a circus-inspired costume dress that transforms into a puppet theatre and utilised wool’s fire resistant qualities in the 100% Merino wool twill skirt.
  • Chris Evans designed an outer-wool coat that transforms into a backpack using pioneering Neulana Project wool fabric.