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New Designers 2016


New Designers returned for its 31st edition at the Business Design Centre, Islington on 29th June 2016.  A two-part showcase of the finest graduates and Universities across Britain, the annual event provides young talent with numerous opportunities to meet industry professionals, listen to seminars covering a number of vital topics and kick start their careers.

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From 29th June – 2nd July the first instalment of the showcase takes place, featuring work from textiles, fashion, costume, jewellery, and contemporary design crafts.  From 6th July – 9th July graduates specialising in furniture, product and industrial design, graphics, illustration and animation to name a few will showcase their all important degree work.

The opening night of the first instalment of New Designers saw an all important awards cermemony take place, highlighting numerous indivdiauls and their talent, offering a range of prices including funding, placement opportunities and products.

Business Design Centre New Designer Of The Year Award

New Designers Of The Year Award Runner Up

New Designers Tigerprint Award

New Designers notonthehighstreet.com Award

New Designers Goldsmiths’ Company Silversmithing Award

New Designers Goldsmiths’ Company Jewellery Award

New Designers W’innovation & Wilko Award

New Designers AVA CAD CAM Award

New Designers John Lewis Award For Design And Innovation

New Designers Anthology Award

New Designers Hainsworth Statement Award

New Designers ROMO Award For Innovation In Design And Colour

New Designers One Year On Award

New Designers Best Stand Award

E-tailer and business start up Notonthehighstreet.com awarded and chose 20 designers as their ‘notonthehighstreet.com loves’ including Sally-Ann Elizabeth Parker. Sally based her ideas on feminism and females as objects. 

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The FashionCapital team were lucky enough to have the opportunity to speak to some of the graduates that had been awarded. Grace Hancock from Loughborough University won the New Designers ROMO Award for Innovation in Design and Colour 2016. Here inspirations were taken from international Architecture. A particular location that inspired Grace’s ideas was a city in New Zealand called Napier. ‘Napier is an art deco city’ interested in colour, art and history. It is an art based city with much colour and art deco. The building works from Napier was very central to Grace’s ideas, from colour to fabric choices. Using techniques such as hand woven textures and heavy depth throws was representative of the buildings and infrastructure of New Zealand.  

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In addition to speaking to some of the winners, we also spoke to a number of other graduates showcasing their collections. A student from Winchester school of art – Hannah Hamlin’s designers attracted our attention with the use of bright pastel colours and fur. Hannah’s designs were based on‘dreams and encapsulation.’ Using the theme of dreams Hannah was able to used cloud and hand imagery into her garments. Her colour choices of bright, textured and soft with sheer and crochet was what brought her collection together. She used chunky yarns and knit that was hand made to create her collection. One piece in particular that was intriguing was a pink jacket which was knitted with a pink fluff effect from yarn and net. Another student we talked to was Sioned Evans from Manchester School of Art. Her theme was to do with encapsulation. Sioned idea was to ‘take everyday objects for example containers and put them into garment structures’. By taking inspiration from architecture, Sioned used a rib technique that was heavy weight, to represent something that was sheltered. She experimented with layers and used solid graphic colours and foiling to create her collection. Grey was used to reflect concrete and although her colour choices appear feminine, her bases was more to do with structure and silhouettes. 

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With the second instalment due to take place next week, numerous graduates will be preparing for what could well be the highlight of their educational studies and the first step into the world as a creative professional.

By Rebekah and Shivanee 

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