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George Davies to Receive Honorary Fellowship


THE Society of Dyers and Colourists (SDC), the professional chartered body for colour  and lead organisation responsible for setting international colour fastness standards, has awarded its highest honour, that of Honorary Fellowship, to fashion entrepreneur George Davies.

The driving force behind Next, George at Asda and more recently Per Una at Marks & Spencer, Mr Davies will receive his Fellowship – first introduced in 1953 to recognise professional distinction and exceptional service to colour – at the Society’s annual presentation ceremony on 23 April 2004 at Cartwright Hall, Bradford. Guest speaker is Professor Clare Johnston, head of textiles at the Royal College of Art.

Comments Society president Chris Sargeant: “George Davies has made an extraordinary contribution to design, fashion and colour on the high street over many years. His influence has been enormous and he is a worthy recipient of this accolade.”

Sponsor of various innovation awards and the international Colour in Design competition, the Society is the world’s only body dedicated exclusively to advancing the science and technology of colour on a global basis. With individual members in 54 countries and partner organisations in India, China, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, the Society is recognised worldwide as the natural focus and authority on colour.

“Just as George Davies has made his mark on the high street, so too has the Society, although not in quite such an obvious way,” says Society chief executive Kenneth McGhee. “Through our national and international standards-setting work, our contribution is in making sure that the garments and textiles that the consumer buys are produced to a consistent and measurable standard.”


Note for editors

Editors are welcome to attend the presentation ceremony which begins at 2.00pm in Cartwright Hall, Bradford. Please contact Elizabeth Williams – contact details below – for more information.

More information: From Elizabeth Williams at elizabethw@sdc.org.uk or telephone +44 (0) 01274 725138 ext: 229

Date: Tuesday, 13 April 2004

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