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Lectra hosts a Kaledo® ‘Drape to Create’ design competition with UK schools


Lectra solutions encourage creativity and help prepare future fashion professionals

Rebecca - winner gothic romanceUnited Kingdom, March 30 2016 – Lectra, the world leader in integrated technology solutions dedicated to industries using fabrics, leather, technical textiles and composite materials, has recently organized with UK Fashion schools a design contest for students using Kaledo® , Lectra’s innovative design solution. The project gave students the opportunity to design and create a print or textile to visualize a new fabric on an existing product using the texture mapping ‘Draper’ tool.

The competition was recently judged by industry experts from M&S, Fulton Umbrellas and the Textile Institute. Students were asked to explore the creative process from conception to final product using Kaledo. They were encouraged to be experimental whist ensuring their submissions reflected a professional standard. Students were required to complete moodboards, sketch books, print designs, product specification sheets and final examples of products with print texture mapping. The entries were judged on creativity, innovation and application.

The first prize winner Rebecca Walker’s entry was titled ‘Gothic Romance’ and said of the competition; “I am really thrilled to win this competition I found the solution really user-friendly and it was an excellent tool to help me present my visuals.” Rebecca is currently studying BA (Hons) Fashion Design and Production at Glasgow Kelvin College.

Natalie Ansell, Print Designer from M&S stated that Rebecca’s print designs were to M&S’s handwriting and demonstrated strong hand and digital design. Also commenting that the breadth and quality of research was of a professional standard. Nigel Fulton, CEO of Fulton Umbrellas stated that the entry was very clearly presented and the richness of her research was evident.

As part of the prize Rebecca will be offered a 3 month placement at M&S within the print team.

Two runners up were Rebecca Allen from Arts University Bournemouth and Jodie Anderson also from Glasgow Kelvin.

“Lectra believes very strongly in nurturing the industry’s future professionals. As the fashion and apparel industry continues to evolve, we think it is more important than ever for students to be well-versed in today’s technology”, concludes Imran Ali, Director Lectra UK.

About Lectra

Lectra is the world leader in integrated technology solutions (software, automated cutting equipment, and associated services) specifically designed for industries using fabrics, leather, technical textiles, and composite materials to manufacture their products. It serves major world markets: fashion and apparel, automotive, and furniture as well as a broad array of other industries. Lectra’s solutions, specific to each market, enable customers to automate and optimize product design, development, and manufacturing. With more than 1,500 employees, Lectra has developed privileged relationships with prestigious customers in more than 100 countries, contributing to their operational excellence. Lectra registered revenues of $264 million in 2015 and is listed on Euronext.

For more information, please visit www.lectra.com

® Kaledo is a registered trademark of Lectra

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