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Student wins role in presitgious fashion week

February 18, 2014

A hairdressing student from West Cheshire College won the prize of a lifetime after she was chosen to style the hair of models during Liverpool Fashion Week.

West Cheshire College student Victoria Faye (front right) won a competition to style models hair at Liverpool Fashion Week.

Victoria Faye worked with models for leading high street shops after winning the competition set by renowned hairdresser and owner of the Boutique Salon and Spa in Ellesmere Port, Richard Phillipart.

Victoria, who works at Style Council hairdressing salon in Ellesmere Port, went up against other hairdressing students from the College to recreate an image from Paris and London fashion week and she beat off competition to be named as the winner.

Victoria, 20, from Ellesmere Port who is studying Level 4 hairdressing at the College, said: “I was really excited about taking part in the competition through College and I recreated a style on my friend that I found on the internet and added my own touch. I coloured it and curled it and then added height and volume to the top.

“I never thought I would win and I was delighted to find out that Richard had chosen me.

“Richard is a really well known hairdresser and has styled hair for people on the X Factor and I was so nervous about working for him at Liverpool Fashion Week. I learnt so many new skills from him and he was so helpful.

“Liverpool Fashion Week was an incredible experience as I worked alongside Richard to style the hair of models from shops including New Look and Monsoon. There was quite a quick turnover for styling their hair so there was a lot of pressure but it was a fantastic experience.

“Working with Richard and his team was amazing they all made me feel very welcome and I’m so grateful for the opportunity.”                                           

Lesley Durham, Hairdressing tutor at West Cheshire College, said: “Victoria is such a talented student who always works so hard so I was delighted when she won this competition.

“She gained so much from being involved in the Fashion Week and she has come back to College with so much more confidence and has been sharing the skills she learnt with other students.”

The Boutique Salon and Spa has Level 2 and 3 Apprenticeships with the salon through the College and Richard is keen to build an ongoing partnership with West Cheshire College.

West Cheshire College is still accepting applications for their January intake. For more information about courses available contact the College hotline on 01244 656555 or visit

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