Young Apprentice 2012: Meet Patrick McDowell

"If I want something done it will be done and I don’t accept no for an answer"

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Name: Patrick McDowell

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Age: 16

Lives: Cheshire

Education: Currently studying for A Levels (English Language, Fine Art, Textiles)

About: Fashion designer Patrick’s star shone brightly from an early age, winning Young Textiles Designer of the Year at the tender age of thirteen – the youngest ever recipient. Nowadays he’s graduated to running his own womenswear label, creating clothes and accessories. 

Patrick’s textile portrait of American Vogue editor and fashion icon Anna Wintour – who he names as one of his inspirations – was recently on display at the National Students Exhibition at The Mall Galleries. 

Musical talent is just another string to his bow – his taste is described as “eclectic” and he plays the euphonium and the baritone horn, as well as being a member of a brass band and swing band. 

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“Not many people have that eye to finish or sell things as well as I do,” says Patrick