A fashion designer from Carlisle has held her first show at London Fashion Week.

Rosella May, 25, of Great Corby, chose eight models to wear her new Spring Summer 2019 collection as part of the Fashion Scout initiative.

She honed her skills at Nottingham Trent University, before landing a job with iconic brand Calvin Klein in Amsterdam. She also spent time in Jakarta in Indonesia.

Rosella, who specialises in denim and knitwear, said: "I progressed quickly through Calvin Klein to the position of junior womenswear designer. By the time I left I had helped to train up some new members of staff."

Rosella, a former pupil of William Howard School in Brampton, now works in Edinburgh in a studio at the home she shares with her boyfriend and dog.

She said: "I gave a presentation at the Fashion Scout event. This lasted for about an hour and a half. It was great fun.

"I was sponsored by Edinburgh Gin and Actiph Water and I wanted to create a party atmosphere.

"I gave all the models a drink and a Polaroid camera and I told them to go out and have fun. They took pictures of the crowd and themselves and stuck them to a wire grid at the side of the stage."

The event was attended by fashion bloggers, photographers, graduates and Rosella's family and friends.

She said: "We had a great RSVP list which my personal assistant was very pleased with.

"I feel a bit sad now that it's all over but I will be going to Georgia next month to do a similar thing."

The one problem Rosella had was what to wear to her own show.

She said: "I don't wear my own designs and what I buy and wear tends to be very basic.

"I open my wardrobe and all I see is a lot of black, different varieties of black.

"Outfit opportunities are endless but I don't design for myself. The clothes I design are for someone else's lifestyle. I want everyone to feel good when they put on my designs."

In the future Rosella would like to make her brand as profitable as possible.

She said: "I don't have a part time job anymore. I want to keep on doing what I love doing - designing clothes - for as long as I can."

Rosella's mum, Lesley Wilson and her step dad Steve Arthur live in Great Corby.

The Fashion Scout collaborative showcase, ones to watch, is instrumental in raising the profile of emerging design talent globally.

It is one of the first places to see the very best in new UK and international design talent.

Ones to watch provides a catwalk showcase for the brightest emerging designers.