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While all 24 designers selected annually for the TexSelect programme are considered ‘winners’, TexSelect and its sponsors additionally celebrate and reward exceptional textile talent by giving special awards within certain categories.
Leading industry figures are invited to judge the TexSelect Prizes for: Fashion, awarded for the best fashion fabric design in any discipline; Interiors, awarded for the best fabric design for interiors and donated by The Clothworkers’ Company; Colour, awarded for the best use of colour donated by mode…information; and Pattern, awarded for the most creative pattern and donated by Liberty London Fabrics. Each prize winner receives £1,000.
The judges, many of whom work internationally, meet the designers at the TexSelect London Preview in July. Here they review portfolios, talk at length to the designers, and deliberate carefully, before making their final decisions and announcing the short lists.
At the event Marks & Spencer also decide on the short list and winner for their award, the Marks & Spencer TexSelect Fashion Fabric Award. The winner receives £1,000 plus the possibility of a 3-month paid internship opportunity at M&S head office in central London.
The Worshipful Company of Woolmen TexSelect Design Innovation Award for Wool in Interiors will also be judged and a short list announced at the TexSelect London Preview. The winner receives £1,000.
The Woolmark Company TexSelect Award, donated by The Woolmark Company, will be judged and the winner announced at Première Vision Designs, Paris, September 2019. Winner receives £1,000 plus support from Woolmark, and is sponsored by The Woolmark Company to attend Intertextile Shanghai in October 2019.
There are opportunities to intern with some of Italy’s finest mills and manufacturers, to be trained on specialist CAD software, and to have work selected for a curated interiors collection. TexSelect’s Hero Mentor scheme carries the support forward, linking designers with industry professionals who provide ongoing career mentorship.
Arts Thread: Arts Thread online portfolios for the TEXSELECT® 2019 Top 50 designers selected at interview stage
AVA TexSelect Training Award: 5 day workshop, giving up to six selected designers the opportunity to learn about the key functions of AVA CAD/CAM’s software and relevant industry processes
ComON initiative: Invites a selected group of TexSelect designers to undertake 7-week internships with mills around Lake Como in Italy
mode…information: All 24 designers to be given a one year subscription to a professional magazine of their choice
R. A. Smart Ltd: Offer to digitally print lengths of fabric for up to three print designers whose work is considered the most appropriate
Pantone: All 24 designers selected by TexSelect receive a Pantone F+H Colour Guide
WGSN: All 24 designers are given a single user license to WGSN for 6 months, free of charge
Judges for TexSelect Awards 2018 were Abigail Bomford, creative director Camira Fabrics; Polly Leonard, founder/editor Selvedge magazine; Helen Palmer, Director of Materials & Knit, WGSN; Andrew Dawson, Master of The Worshipful Company of Woolmen; Michael Angove, eponymous designer and artist. The judge for the Marks & Spencer TexSelect Fashion Fabric Award will be Layla Zaa, M&S; and judges for The Woolmark Company TexSelect Award will be announced in September.
Judges for Texprint Awards 2017 were Guy Goodfellow, eponymous luxury interior design; Elsa May, product manager fashion at Première Vision Paris; Eric Musgrave, journalist and industry commentator; and Karen Peacock, Design Director Amazon Fashion. The judges for The Woolmark Company Texprint Award were Roberto Sarti of Lanificio Faliero Sarti, and rising Scottish design star Charles Jeffrey. The M&S Texprint Fashion Fabric Award was judged by Libby Allan, Trend Lead, Womenswear & Lingerie, M&S.
Judges for Texprint Awards 2016 were Pip Jenkins, head of design John Smedley; Fiona Douglas, founder of textile design company Bluebellgray; Nadia Albertini, haute couture embroidery designer; Andrew Croll, design recruitment at Nike. The judges for The Woolmark Company Texprint Award were Aline Galimberti, chief designer of Dormeuil, and Jonathan Christopher, the 2015-16 European menswear finalist for the International Woolmark Prize.
Judges for Texprint Awards 2015 were Julie Hall, head of design, Bedeck; Ariane Bigot, associate fashion director of Première Vision Paris; Sarah Lowry, colour & materials designer at Aston Martin Lagonda; and Nicholas Oakwell of Nicholas Oakwell Couture. The Bedeck Texprint Design Award for Bed & Bath was judged in London by Julie Hall. The judges for the Woolmark Company Texprint Award were Franco Fabrello, head of design at Marzotto, and UK fashion designer Kit Neale.
Judges for Texprint Awards 2014 were Sarah Campbell, renowned designer; Eifion Griffiths, CEO of Melin Tregwynt; Sue Roberts, design director Home at House of Fraser; and Henry Graham, chief creative officer of London retailer Wolf & Badger. The Lululemon Texprint Award was judged in London by Jill Chatwood, director of design at Lululemon Athletica. The judges for the Woolmark Company Texprint Award were Nino Cerruti, renowned designer and head of Biella-based textile mill Lanificio Fratelli Cerruti, and design duo Agi & Sam, UK-based menswear designers.
Judges for Texprint Awards 2013 were Tamsin Blanchard, style director, the Telegraph Magazine; Emma Kidd, creative researcher Selfridges; designer Madeleine Press; Deanne Schweitzer, Lululemon Athletica; and Luigi Turconi, from Ratti. The judges for the Woolmark Texprint Award were John Walsh, managing director of Abraham Moon & Sons, Daliah Simble, head of sourcing & production, and Estelle Williams, collection development manager, at Roland Mouret. The Lululemon Texprint Award was judged in London by Deanne Schweitzer, SVP creation at Lululemon Athletica.
Judges for Texprint Awards 2012 were Caroline Burstein creative director at Browns Fashion, Neisha Crosland renowned designer with eponymous interiors and accessories brands, and Paul Stamper senior designer, design perspectives, Renault Design. The judges for the Woolmark Texprint Award were Masahiro Oono textile project manager of Nikke, and James Dracup and James E Sugden OBE directors of Johnstons of Elgin. The Lululemon Texprint Award was judged in London by Sheree Waterson, executive vice president and chief product officer of Lululemon Athletica.
Judges for Texprint Awards 2011 were Orla Kiely OBE, Sue Timney, David Shah, View Publications, Stuart Stockdale, design director of Jaeger, and Sophie Steller for Spinexpo. The judges for the Woolmark Texprint Award were Douglas Cordeaux, Fox Brothers & Co, and Keith Walker, managing director of Linton Tweeds.
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