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Fashion Textile Museum

SDC International Design Competition: a global platform for talented designers

With the Grand Final of the SDC International Design Competition 2015 approaching, the excitement is building as the participating countries select their finalists. The grand final takes place in London at the Fashion and Textile museum (which can be seen in the image above) on 23 November and we will welcome the finalists from around the world. Open to fashion and textile undergraduates, the competition runs in 13 countries worldwide and much of its success is due to the amazing work of our regional coordinators who promote the competition and arrange the local heats. We asked some of them about their experience of the competition.

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KK Bespoke Schoolwear

My time at KK Bespoke Schoolwear – one year on

In partnership with the Society of Dyers and Colourists (SDC), KK Bespoke Schoolwear – which designs high-spec school uniforms manufactured in-house in Magherafelt, Northern Ireland –launched a competition open to design students and recent graduates in Ireland.

The brief: to create a collection for the bespoke schoolwear market. The aim: to help highlight the lack of young blood entering the profession and, in particular, the discrepancy between university courses and the skill set that the industry requires. The competition’s winner was Toni Doherty, a fashion and textile design graduate from the University of Ulster, who has since been working for KK Bespoke Schoolwear. A year on after winning the competition, Doherty reviews what she’s learnt.

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