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Talented students from Thailand and India runners up in the SDC International Design Competition

Huge congratulations to Diamond Thaweesak Chattuwan, from Khon Kaen University in Thailand, and Tasneem Patrawala from the B D Somani Institute of Art and Fashion Technology in India, runners in the SDC International Design Competition 2015.

The grand final took place in November at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London. It was a pleasure to welcome the finalists from around the world, all of whom had won a regional heat in their own country.

sdc-awd_1115_d012The theme for the 2015 competition was ‘buy less, choose well’, taken from a quote from Dame Vivienne Westwood: ‘Buy less. Choose well. Make it last. Quality not quantity. Everybody is buying far too many clothes’. Every year we are impressed by the range of creative responses to the brief.

The competition judges were iconic designer Dame Zandra Rhodes, South African knitwear designer Laduma Ngxokolo and Digital Manager from Turnbull Prints, Duncan Neil. The judges commented on the high standard of all the entries. The image above shows the judges along with Thaweesak, Tasneem, competition winner Aoife Mullane from Ireland and SDC’s President.

We’re pleased to profile the runners up.

sdc-awd_1115_d218Taking her inspiration from pop art, Tasneem designed a bag which transformed in seconds into a garment, by means of a clever zip (or was it a garment which transformed into a bag?). The judges praised her for her ‘innovative and fun answer to the brief. We felt Tasneem addressed the need to buy less by creating a multi-functional product. Her use of colour is vivid and exciting, perfectly matching her young target market. The idea of using waste dye pastes keeps the product exciting and environmentally considerate’.

Tasneem commented: ‘It was a pleasure and opportunity to meet the SDC team and the finalists. A group of talented individuals from different countries and bonding with each of them has been special’.

sdc-awd_1115_d071Thaweesak’s stunning design used raw Thai silk. The judges were impressed by his ‘strong concept of encouraging consumers to be more aware of the effect their purchasing habits have on the environment. The choice of raw silk for material created a unique product that should be durable for many years. The colour combination is classic and timeless and the variety of textures within the garment will keep the owner’s attention throughout the life of the garment’.

sdc-awd_1115_d204Congratulations to Tasneem and Thaweesak and all the finalists. The winner was Aoife Mullane, a recent graduate from NCAD in Ireland.

The SDC International Design Competition nurtures engagement with colour. Attracting hundreds of entries each year, it encourages the students to develop their understanding of colour and the challenges around sustainability in the textile industry. It is open to under-graduate fashion and textile design students in 13 countries worldwide.

Are you a fashion or textile design under graduate? Are you interested in entering the competition? The theme for 2016 is ‘Making it Personal’ and the brief is available on the website.

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