Meet the judges

The UK final of the SDC International Design Competition 2017 takes place in York on 19th May as part of SDC’s Day of Celebration. We will be welcoming the finalists from SDC’s regions in the Midlands, London, North of England, Scotland and West of England/South Wales. The main focus for the competition is colour, and this year the students have been challenged to include the theme ‘design for a circular economy.’ We’re pleased to introduce the judges.

Carry Somers is the Founder and Global Operations Director of Fashion Revolution. She was inspired to act after the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh in 2013 and founded the movement Fashion Revolution, a global coalition in almost 100 countries calling for systemic reform of the fashion supply chain. Fashion Revolution believes that transparency is the first step in transforming the industry, asking the question #whomademyclothes.

For the previous 20 years, Carry’s fashion brand Pachacuti pioneered radical supply chain transparency, mapping the GPS co-ordinates of each stage of the production process, from the community plantations where the straw grows, through to each Panama hat weaver’s house. Championing the traditions, quality and craftsmanship of the Andes, her collections were shown at London, Paris and Milan Fashion Week and sold in some of the world’s foremost luxury stores. Carry has contributed to several books and publications, won numerous awards for her work and met the Queen in recognition of her significant contribution to British business.

Judith Coates is Head of Design at Abraham Moon and Sons Ltd in Guiseley, Leeds, UK. She has worked as a designer at the company for almost 29 years during which she has spent time working on all market areas. Over the years she has particularly specialised in men’s and women’s apparel fabrics but has also been involved with accessories and home furnishings.

For the last ten years she has worked as both designer and key account manager for the apparel market in the US, working closely on both design and sales with clients such as J Crew, Ralph Lauren, Brooks Brothers and Rag and Bone. More recently she has been promoted to Head of Design and is really enjoying this new role.

She has always loved both the technical and aesthetic aspects of design. On graduating she initially worked as a Textile Designer at Double Two Shirts in Wakefield before joining Abraham Moon as a Designer in 1988. She immediately loved working at a vertical woollen mill which allowed her to be involved with and understand all of the technical manufacturing processes.

Rebecca Law graduated in 2011 from the University of Huddersfield with a BSc (Hons) in Textile Design, having also won the award of the Best BSc Student in Technical Innovation and Design in a woollen product. Her previous work experience includes a one year placement at Mallalieus of Delph, Manufacturer of Wool and Worsted fabrics. Her first job after University was as an Assistant Designer at Minova, a manufacturer of Worsted fabrics based in Yorkshire. This position was sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Weavers. For the last four years she has worked as a Fabric Developer for Burberry at the Burberry Mill in Keighley, Yorkshire. Her role is to work alongside the designers in London, to help develop new fabrics as well as recolour existing qualities, therefore colour plays an important part in her everyday role. Her experience within the textile industry has given her experience of all the process within weaving, preparation, dyeing and finishing as well as knowledge of a wide range of fabrics and yarns including cotton, silk, woollen, worsted and linen.

We wish the finalists every success! For further information about the SDC International Design Competition, take a look at the website.







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    Angela Ackroyd


    Great judging line- up! A wealth of design knowledge, skills and passion to share with the finalists.


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