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14 October 2008 - PR 08/144

Loughborough graduates score a hat-trick at textile industry’s leading event

Three graduates from Loughborough University School of Art and Design have been awarded coveted textile prizes at Texprint, the industry’s leading exhibition event.

Multimedia Textiles graduates Eleanor Feddon and Victoria Shepherd, and Printed Textiles graduate Hannah Jefferies were presented with their prizes on 24 September by the renowned British designer Sir Paul Smith.

A fourth Loughborough graduate, Naomi Scholfield, was also chosen to exhibit her work at the prestigious event. The work of another student, Alex Brady, was selected to be part of Texprint’s Como Competition exhibition in Italy, showcasing print designs for silk scarves and dresses.

Texprint showcases the work of the UK’s best textile graduates. This year 24 graduates were selected by panels of professional designers from over 200 applicants to show their designs at Indigo, part of the Premier Vision fabric fair in Paris. Six prizes were then awarded in the categories of Print, Weave, Colour, Knit, Breaking New Ground and Interior Fashion.

Victoria Shepherd was awarded the Interior Fashion prize. Her collection takes inspiration from tailoring and pleating, translating the repetitive constructions into three-dimensional surfaces. Using mixed media such as perspex, mirror and leather, she creates architectural forms from the faceted structures.

Victoria also picked up the prestigious Chairman’s Prize, which was presented to her by Christopher Bailey, creative director of Burberry.

Hannah Jefferies was awarded the Print prize by fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg. Inspired by a three-month trip to New York where she created paintings based on the urban environment, Hannah’s designs combine hand-painted and digital print.

Eleanor Feddon was presented with the Colour prize. Eleanor’s work challenges the problem of fast fashion with her concept sleeves that can be added and removed from a basic t-shirt to create different looks. Her long or cap sleeves are made with Handwoven and recycled materials and overworked with hand embroidery and appliqué.

“Our graduates have done exceptionally well at this year’s Texprint event. To have had four selected to take part, and then to be awarded three out of the six special awards is absolutely fantastic, and unprecedented. I believe it confirms, once more, that Textile Design at Loughborough is right there at the top,” said programme coordinator Kerry Walton.

The winners each received £750 and the opportunity to exhibit at the Interstoff Asia Essential exhibition in Hong Kong, which took place from 8 to 10 October.

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Notes for editors:

  1. Through its 37 year history, Texprint has helped to launch the careers of over 6,000 designers. Alumni include Alice Temperley, Claire Tough, Louise Goldin, Natasha Lee, Georgina von Etzdorf and Zandra Rhodes. Texprint alumni work with some of the world’s most prestigious companies including Burberry, Chloe, Christian Lacroix, Gucci, Hermes, Donna Karan, Lanvin, Missoni, Nicole Farhi, Paul Smith & Polo-Ralph Lauren.

  2. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

    It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top fifteen of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2008 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, with 22 out of 30 of its subject areas being ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction. It was named winner of the 2006 and 2007 Times Higher award for the UK’s Best Student Experience and winner of the 2007 award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other institution.

    It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research-intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

    Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

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