ELLIE Darby Prangnell is currently studying at Harlow College, completing her second year of her Level 3 Extended Diploma in Fashion. With ambition and drive, she aspires to create her own fashion line to promote more diversity in the fashion industry.
‘I’m really enjoying my second year of the course. I’ve been learning more about the fashion industry; how to make clothes; what job roles there are and becoming more confident with design and photography.’ Ellie said.
She added: ‘I’ve always been interested in fashion brands. I loved art and textiles when I was in school. So there was only one thing that I was going to get into, and that was fashion.
‘Currently, I am working on an architectural project, where I’m making a jacket. We have to incorporate shapes and buildings into our designs.’ Ellie said.
She added: ‘I want to create a clothing line that promotes more diversity, as there’s not a lot out there. I want to create fashionable clothes for people in wheelchairs and with disabilities.’
Ellie was born with a condition called SMA: spinal muscular atrophy, which makes her muscles weaker and causes problems with movement.
‘I started watching YouTube at age 13. Then I made my own channel, which made me feel more confident about my disability. I want to create awareness and be able to inspire others like me.’ Ellie said.
Harlow College has a fashion show every year to showcase student’s designs.
‘The show is in June, where I will be showing my Architectural project and my final major project (own clothing line) called Access All Areas,’ said Ellie.