Dubai students create with style

Two Heriot-Watt students are finalists in the Crystallized - Swarovski Elements Young Designer of the Year competition

Two students from the Heriot-Watt University campus in Dubai are amongst eight finalists competing to win the prestigious CrystallizedTM - Swarovski Elements Young Designer of the Year award.

Kimberly Alphonso and Krupa VyasKimberly Alphonso, 19, and Krupa Vyas, 17, made the final after judges hunted through piles of sketches from students at four of the leading design schools in the region.

They now have to design "high street wear" themed garments with the winner being announced in a few weeks time. Kimberly said that her designs, "embody modern Arabia €“ traditional fashion with a modern touch," while Krupa said that she is, "inspired by the architecture of Paris €“ the mirrors and mosaics in Versailles".