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Young Accessory Designer of the Year, Clothes Show London in partnership with The Fashion and Textile Museum

14 January 2010

Earls Court, London

25 – 27 June 2010

The second successive Clothes Show London returns with the announcement of the inaugural Young Accessory Designer of the Year, supporting emerging design talent across the UK. Continuing its commitment to nurturing and developing young talent in the creative arts, Clothes Show London, with it's new residency at Earls Court, is organising a competition to find the Young Accessory Designer of the Year in partnership with The Fashion and Textile Museum (FTM). The competition is open to aspiring designers who have been trading for fewer than three years, providing a platform for young designers and their businesses in this highly competitive industry.

The prestigious new award in partnership with the FTM, challenges designers to create an accessory product that encompasses the FTM's brand values and is suitable for sale in the FTM's shop (Shop@FTM) and the FTM's online boutique. The winner will also receive the once-in-a-lifetime chance to receive six months business support with industry advisors to help set up and develop their business and make it sustainable. Their winning design will be displayed at Clothes Show London and may go on to be launched and sold in the Shop@FTM. In addition, the victor will be invited to the Private View of the forthcoming Horrockses Fashions: Off the Peg style of the 40's and 50's exhibition and will be offered a place on FTM's professional CAD short course.

All entries will be judged by FTM's Commercial Director, Alison Lewy and Managing Director of Clothes Show London, Gavin Brown. The winner will be announced at an impressive awards ceremony in Clothes Show London's spectacular Fashion Theatre at London's Earls Court on Saturday 26th June.

Alison Lewy welcomes this opportunity to support aspiring design talent in this way: "FTM is thrilled to be working in partnership with Clothes Show London to launch this new competition which reflects the ethos of the museum to support young design talent. The winner will have a unique opportunity to receive a package of high-level, professional industry led support from the FTM to ensure the on-going development of their business, as well as exposure for their brand."

Young Accessory Designer of the Year in partnership with The Fashion and Textile Museum

The Prize

The winner will have the opportunity to receive the following:

• To showcase their product at Clothes Show London
• To launch and sell the winning product in the Shop@FTM
• Six months business support with industry advisors to help grow their business and make it sustainable
• To attend a professional CAD short course
• Invitation to the Private View of the forthcoming Horrockses Fashion exhibition

Timings

Three Finalists Notified
• 30th April 2010

Winner announcement at Clothes Show London
• 26th June 2010

Entrants

• Open to designers who have been trading for fewer than three years in the UK
• To enter the award, entrants must visit www.clothesshowlondon.com to download an application form

Editor's Notes

Clothes Show London

Clothes Show London will be returning for a second year from 25 - 27 June 2010 at Earl's Court. Over three days, the event will showcase leading fashion and beauty brands; a 2,500 seat Fashion Theatre and a host of celebrity and expert appearances.

Info:
Earls Court 1 & 2, London
25 - 27 June 2010

Opening Hours:
Friday 25 June: 11am to 6:30pm
Saturday 26 to Sunday 27 June: 9am to 6:30pm

Tickets: clothesshowlondon.com

The Fashion and Textile Museum

The FTM is a cutting-edge education, exhibition and visitor centre for contemporary fashion, textiles and jewellery;providing a focal point at the heart of the industry and offering inspiration to a wide audience within a vibrant, creative and professional environment. Owned and operated by Newham College, the FTM offers access to business support for people working or wanting to work in the fashion sector. The Shop@FTM is a must for anyone interested in contemporary fashion and is committed to supporting young design talent with a great range of products from some of the best up and coming accessory and jewellery designers you will find anywhere in the capital.

For further information / Use of pictures / Interviews
Idea Generation: +44(0)20 7749 6850
Ella McWilliam: ella@ideageneration.co.uk
Ffion Williams: ffion@ideageneration.co.uk

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