The winner of the Textile Forum/Ringhart Fabrics Cycle Chic design competition, in conjunction with the Fashion Retail Academy, was selected during a reception organised by sponsor HSBC Bank at its Pall Mall offices in central London.
Ellie Sloane won over the judges with a pretty shirt with peplum that was felt to be the best interpretation of the brief to create a design that was stylish for the office, yet practical to wear when cycling to work or meetings.
The judging panel comprised representatives from shirt retailer T M Lewin, cycling clothing specialist Rapha, activewear brand Sweaty Betty, Drapers, the fashion business magazine, Stylus, the trend and research organisation, Ringhart Fabrics, HSBC and Textile Forum.
Mayur Tejura from Ringhart Fabrics, whose cycle print fabric inspired the competition, said: “We were blown away with the creativity shown by the students. It was great to see such an abundance of talent from the next generation of designers.”
Sally Spencer, HSBC Bank’s area commercial director, presented Ellie with a cheque for £500. The bank’s involvement in the project extends its support of the fashion sector. “It enables us to further engender young design talent and promote British manufacturers,” explained Sally Spencer, area commercial director.
The finalists’ designs were produced by Ella London for the judging panel.
The winning design will be on display on the Ringhart Fabrics stand at Textile Forum next week.
With more than 50 collections of luxury fashion fabrics, all available with a small quantity option, Textile Forum provides inspiration for menswear, womenswear and childrenswear collections, including daywear, eveningwear, bridalwear, lingerie and accessories.
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