Producer teams up with young city designers
Oscar-winning film producer Harvey Weinstein is giving De Montfort University students the chance to be involved in his stage production of Finding Neverland.
They are being given the opportunity to work on the Curve show when it moves to London and New York next year.
Final-year footwear design students will be asked to design shoes for Tinkerbell.
They will be judged by Finding Neverland director Rob Ashford, West End and Broadway star Elaine Paige, and fashion designer Georgina Chapman, founder of Marchesa.
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The finalists will all have their shoes put on display at the opening of the Broadway show.
In addition, one student will win an internship with the West End and Broadway production and another will be given the chance to work on reality TV show Project Runway, produced by The Weinstein Company, and filmed in New York.
Project Runway, which is hosted by supermodel Heidi Klum, challenges aspiring fashion designers to come up with creations which are then judged by experts, with a contestant eliminated each week.
Mr Weinstein said: "I couldn't be happier that we can involve students from De Montfort University on the journey to London and on to Broadway."
Professor Dominic Shellard, vice-chancellor of De Montfort University, said: "Mr Weinstein is such a huge name in the world of film, theatre and television and I'm proud De Montfort University is now being associated with his work.
"It is a mark of how ambitious this university has become that we can enter into a partnership such as this. It will provide a real buzz of excitement among our footwear and fashion student."