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Judges announced for the SDC International Design Competition grand final 2015

Duncan Neil, Laduma Ngxokolo and Dame Zandra Rhodes join the panel

We are delighted to announce the judging panel for the grand final of the SDC International Design Competition 2015 will include Duncan Neil, Laduma Ngxokolo and Dame Zandra Rhodes.

The grand final takes place on Monday 23rd November at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London. It will be attended by the student finalists from the following countries: Australia/New Zealand, Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Pakistan, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand and the United Kingdom, alongside other invited guests.

Duncan Neil

Duncan graduated from the University of Dundee with a degree in Printed Textiles. He went on to work for the fashion studio Keelergordon as a menswear print designer and trained in digital print at the Centre for Advanced Textiles at Glasgow School of Art before joining Interface Research Centre at Ulster University, working on projects with clients such as Helen Storey and Game of Thrones. Duncan co-founded We Like Soup, a creative textile studio in Belfast selling print, embroidery and laser cut designs to a wide range of companies from Marc Jacobs to Marks & Spencer. In 2011 Duncan took up the post of Digital Manager with Turnbull Prints Ltd in Lancashire. Here he oversees a high-speed digital production unit that services primarily the furnishing industry with clients including GP & J Baker, Mulberry and Ralph Lauren. Over the last 15 years Duncan has developed a passion for producing beautiful textiles with experience of textile printing spanning design, production and research. His love for textiles includes sharing these processes, and Duncan thrives on working with students and young people ensuring knowledge of these beautiful textile processes continue. Duncan was responsible for setting the theme of this year’s competition ‘Buy Less, Choose Well’.

Laduma Ngxokolo

Laduma Ngxokolo from South Africa won the SDC International Design Competition in 2010, when he was a student at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. The competition acted as a springboard for him and he is now one of Africa’s finest knitwear designers and innovator of the Xhosa inspired knitwear brand MAXHOSA BY LADUMA. This premium knitwear range celebrates traditional Xhosa beadwork aesthetics, using South African mohair and wool. Laduma has received numerous achievements and he recently won the 2015 Vogue Italia Scouting for Africa prize to showcase his collections at the Palazzo Morando Show in Milan, Italy. Laduma was awarded the 2014 WeTransfer Scholarship to study masters in Material Futures at the Central St Martins, London until 2016.

Dame Zandra Rhodes

Dame Zandra Rhodes is an internationally acclaimed designer whose iconic work has been seen on red carpet events and runways throughout the world. Dressing royalty and international stars for over five decades, and revolutionising textile design, she founded the Fashion and Textile Museum in 2003. She presents two major collections each year, licenses her distinctive designs to major fashion and beauty labels, and creates breathtaking stage and costume looks for some of the world’s most popular operas. Zandra develops her unique designs by creating original textile prints, which form the foundation of each of her collections.

The competition is open to undergraduate fashion and textile design students and we look forward to welcoming all our finalists to London!  With nearly all our finalists in place for 2015, the brief for our 2016 competition is now available.

For further information please email: marketing@sdc.org.uk.

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