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The competition winner will be selected by a panel including fashion designers Lulu Guinness and Alice Temperley, with their designs exhibited at the Woodstock palace.

The launch of the fashion competition is in celebration of the biggest exhibition in the 300-year history of Blenheim Palace, Icons of British Fashion, which is open to the public until June 30.

Witney Gazette: Blenheim Palace's Icons of British Fashion exhibitionBlenheim Palace’s Icons of British Fashion exhibition (Image: Pete Seaward)

The competition is open to anyone currently studying a degree or equivalent in fashion design, textiles or related subjects.

To enter, students must register their interest to blenheim@cabcampaign.co.uk along with their portfolio by June 12.

A shortlist will be invited to experience and take inspiration from Icons of British Fashion at Blenheim Palace.

The designers will then have three weeks to visit, sketch and submit designs inspired by the exhibition and the palace itself, with the submission deadline set as June 30.

Witney Gazette: The Icons of British Fashion exhibition is open until June 30The Icons of British Fashion exhibition is open until June 30 (Image: Blenheim Palace)

The competition’s winner will be announced in July.

The prize bundle includes an exclusive Icons of British Fashion prize, an afternoon tea for two, plus a luxury lodge stay for four valued at more than £1,000.

The winner will also have the opportunity to display their winning design in the palace, and for it to be featured in a photoshoot for their portfolio.

Icons of British Fashion at Blenheim Palace features a display of renowned classic pieces, as well as never-before-seen looks by a number of famous designers.

The works of the late Dame Vivienne Westwood, Jean Muir, Terry de Havilland, Bruce Oldfield, Turnbull & Asser, Zandra Rhodes, Lulu Guinness, Barbour, Alice Temperley, Stella McCartney and Stephen Jones Millinery for Christian Dior are all on show.

Witney Gazette: Blenheim Palace's Icons of British Fashion exhibitionBlenheim Palace’s Icons of British Fashion exhibition (Image: Pete Seaward)

Kate Ballenger, keeper of palace and collections at Blenheim Palace, who will be on the judging panel, said “We’ve had the best few months witnessing our visitors marvel at the incredible exhibition featuring some of the world’s most talented designers.

“With the last chance to see the exhibition in all of its glory in June, we wanted to mark this celebration of British fashion by opening the palace doors to aspiring young designers and encouraging them to get creative.

“We can’t wait to see the looks inspired by our exhibition and have no doubt that the talented fashion students in the UK will create some amazing designs.”

Admission to the Icons of British Fashion exhibition is free with a valid Blenheim Palace ticket.

For more information about the exhibition visit and to book tickets, visit the Blenheim Palace website.

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