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Thai students compete for grand final place!

The heats for the SDC International Design Competition 2015 are now well underway. Open to undergraduate fashion and textile design students in 13 countries, the competition encourages the creative, imaginative and original use of colour in either fashion or textiles, with the entrants competing for a place at the grand final in London.

Central Embassy, location for the Thai final

Central Embassy, location for the Thai final

We rely on local volunteer coordinators to run the heats in each country. The competition has taken off in Thailand since they first took part, and this year’s heat saw entries from over 150 students from colleges and universities from all over Thailand. They have now reached the semi-final stage, which will be judged by 20 designers. The final of the Thai heat takes place in August at the Central Embassy, a luxury shopping mall in Bangkok. Home to many well-known designer brands, this iconic new 37 storey building includes an 8 storey retail podium and offers the ‘ultimate luxury shopping experience’.

The heat is coordinated by Mr Wiwat Hirunpruk from the Thailand Textile Institute. Mr Wiwat is the Business Development Director and he has worked at the Thailand Textile Institute for almost 10 years. He has been the regional representative for the competition in Thailand since 2011. He is an expert in textiles and clothing as well as fashion.

Paradorn Katerat, 2014 global runner up

Paradorn Katerat, 2014 global runner up

Wiwat commented: “Thank you SDC for bridging Thailand to the world. The SDC international design award opens up the opportunity for Thai designers. We see their potential. They are very creative and highly talented, but they need direction and with a good platform their inspiration can go somewhere meaningful. Please mark on world map that we are also one of the fashion cities.”

Thai students were welcomed into the competition for the first time in 2011, and last year’s global runner up was Paradorn Katerat from Thailand.

Students at the recent heat.

Students at the recent heat.

Heats for the 2015 competition are still to take place in a number of countries, check the website for details. The winner from Thailand, and all the regional heats, will go forward to the grand final which takes place in London in November, hosted by the Fashion and Textile Museum.

The theme for 2016 has just been announced and the brief will be available shortly. The theme is ‘Making it Personal’, focusing on the challenge of producing unique, individualised products within a bulk manufacturing process with minimum waste. Further details will be available shortly, but to ensure you receive a copy of the brief, please email marketing@sdc.org.uk.

Want some top tips on how to win? Check out our earlier blog.

Our thanks go to the Thailand Textile Institute, in particular Mr Wiwat Hirunpruk. We look forward to welcoming all the finalists to London for the grand final in November.

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