TFRC to launch UAL-wide student competition with VF Corp, USA, Monday 21st February 2011

TFRC have joined up with VF Corporation in the USA, the parent company to brands including Wrangler, Lee and Seven For All Mankind, to launch the Future Fashion Textiles Competition for all fashion and textile students and recent graduates of the UAL. The launch of the competition will be on Monday 21st February, (2 - 6pm, 272 High Holborn). The five themes will be contextualised and explored by a speaker for each theme. The themes are 'Simplicity Regained', 'Health & Wellness', 'Networked Lives', 'Responsible Lives' and 'Trust Rebalanced'. Speakers will be announced next week.

The overall winner will be announced in mid July given a cash prize of £1,500 and their work will be shown at the VF US Summit Exhibition in September. They will also be flown out to the event, to see the show and to network.The competition will run as an open call to all textile and fashion students at the University, and will also be open to recent graduates (last two years), with a deadline for entries in early July. However, working from this launch event, students and graduates will also have the opportunity to submit a short proposal in March. Ten of these proposals will then be chosen and those students will recieve a £250 budget and two mentoring sessions from TFRC members.

These themes all have aspects of sustainability running through them and they also strongly relate to TFRC's own research themes of digital, science and sustainable textiles. With an impressive line-up of world-leading textile designers and researchers planned to speak, the event should be really insightful and worth attending, even if you are not going to enter the competition.

For more information on the launch event and to keep up to date as more speakers are announced, keep an eye on the
TFRC blog.....