LYCRA® brand owner INVISTA is delighted to announce the four finalists for the LYCRA® Future Designers Award – part of the WGSN Global Fashion Awards ceremony to take place at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London on 30th October. The finalists in this year’s edition include candidates from four different countries: Lucy Gardener from the UK, Patricia Clariza from the United States, Hanna Lucatelli from Brazil and Han Zhongshu from China.
Participants were invited to submit designs that could be manufactured using LYCRA® fiber products, along with mood boards and supporting documentation making their case. Entries needed to be made up of any of the following categories of apparel: intimates, swim, active sportswear or hosiery/tights.
Lucy from the UK is thrilled to have made the final. She said, “I can’t quite believe it! It’s really great to have the recognition especially as I am in the process of starting up Fierlan, a women’s cycling clothing company. I loved working with LYCRA® fibre as they offered all the performance benefits, whilst creating the flattering look I was aiming for. I am looking forward to developing more women’s performance cycling garments for my brand and being a finalist for this award has given me just the push I needed!”
For the fifth edition of WGSN Global Fashion Awards and LYCRA® Future Designers, one outstanding student or graduate designer will receive the chance to work with expert mentors at INVISTA and overall consultancy. In addition the winner will receive fabrics with LYCRA® fiber, a package to help with the development of a collection to help kick-start their careers.
The WGSN Global Fashion Awards are staged by the world’s leading trend and style forecaster and recognise innovation in fashion and retail design on a worldwide scale. Judges in 2013 have included Giles Deacon, Eric Jennings and Rankin. For a full list of categories and the finalists, visit www.globalfashionawards.com