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Young Accessory Designer of the Year - finalists announced

16 June 2010

Three finalists are shortlisted for the prestigious

Young Accessory Designer of the Year award 

Sian Bostwick, Imogen Belfield and Elisabeth Hamlyn have all been selected as finalists of The Young Accessory Designer of the Year competition and the winner will have the chance to launch and sell their product in The Fashion and Textile Museum along with six months business support.

The prestigious new award organised by Clothes Show London, and in partnership with The Fashion and Textile Museum (FTM), challenged aspiring 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 winning designer will see their creation displayed at Clothes Show London on Sunday 27th June; receive six months business support with advice from industry professionals to help on how to set up and develop their business and make it sustainable; and could also see their design launched and sold in the Shop@FTM and the FTM’s online boutique. In addition, the talented winner 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.

The finalists were chosen for their design skills, their interpretation of the design brief and suitability for sale in the Shop@FTM.

Jewellery designer Sian Bostwick from Kent, based her entry on her fairytale led fashion design approach taking inspiration from a variety of different sources to design a piece that follows and works with fashion trends but also results in a timeless, elegant and much treasured piece. Sian feels that she would really benefit from winning this competition as it would provide unique possibilities to pursue her dream career as a jewellery designer.

The entry from Imogen Belfield from West Sussex included a ring that captures the strongly defined geometric angles that embody Ricardo Legorreta’s visionary architecture of the FTM. The textured and carved angles captured in the gold plated bronze design radiates light, similar to the bold bright orange colour that adorns the Fashion and Textile Museum. 
Elizabeth Hamlyn also from West Sussex is a contemporary knitwear and accessories designer, who also found inspiration for her entry from the bold and colourful building of the Fashion and Textiles Museum.  She entered a design for a brightly coloured, pleated and knitted scarf with the possibility for further design development, creating variations of the design to update and keep customers interest.  Elizabeth entered the competition as she felt she would benefit greatly from the opportunity to launch and showcase her product at the FTM shop and from attending the CAD course and business support.

FTM’s Commercial Director, Alison Lewy and Managing Director of Clothes Show London, Gavin Brown will be judging the finalists entries with the winner announced at an impressive awards ceremony on Sunday 27th June at 4.15pm on Clothes Show London’s Style Stage at London’s Earls Court. “This new award aims to support and nurture aspiring designers in this highly competitive industry.” comments Gavin Brown, Managing Director of Haymarket Exhibitions. “With the support of The Fashion and Textile Museum the winner will be presented with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to showcase their new product.”

Editors Notes

Clothes Show London returns to Earls Court on 25th- 27th June 2010 the world’s leading fashion and beauty event.

Continuing its commitment to nurturing and developing young talent in the creative arts, Clothes Show London in association with The Fashion and Textile Museum organised a competition to find the Young Accessory Designer of the Year as part of the increasingly successful Clothes Show Live Design Awards.

This prestigious new award in partnership with The Fashion and Textile Museum (FTM) set young designers the challenge to design an accessory product that encompasses the FTM’s brand values and is suitable for sale in the Shop@FTM and the FTM’s online boutique.

The Fashion and Textile Museum(FTM) is an up-to-the-minute education, exhibition and visitor centre for contemporary fashion, textiles and jewellery; providing a focal point at the heart of the industry, 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 about FTM and its activities visit www.ftmlondon.org 

Press enquires please contact: Alison Lowe- Press Officer

Felicities Ltd representing the Fashion and Textile Museum

Email: Alison@felicities.co.uk Tel: 0207 377 6030

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