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TexSelect 2019: Notebook from London

14 July 2019 by TexSelect in Alumni Stories, Fashion, Features, Sponsors, Judges & Champions

Fifty years of supporting textile designers is a very special achievement – and for TexSelect the celebration included, as always, the addition of 24 new designers to its dynamic network. The latest cohort of emerging talent, a mix of graduate designers from 17 colleges and specialising in print, weave, knit and embroidery/mixed media, showcased their work during the TexSelect London Preview (July 9-10). Over the course of two days, industry professionals and textile specialists gathered at the Chelsea College of…

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Gilles Lasbordes, managing director of Première Vision Group, TexSelect at PVDesigns 2018

Première Vision Takes Over the Reins of TexSelect to Support Textile Creation and Design

28 June 2019 by TexSelect in Fashion, Features, Press Releases, Sponsors, Judges & Champions

TexSelect is delighted to confirm that going forward Première Vision Group, organiser of the world’s leading sourcing events for fashion professionals, will continue its support for emerging textile designers through an agreement with TexSelect that will build on the talent search programme’s legacy with an international perspective from 2020. Première Vision Group, the longstanding sponsor of the not-for-profit organisation that was formerly known as Texprint, will take over as champion of new graduate talent when TexSelect completes its voluntary winding…

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TexSelect to Close after 50th Anniversary Year

9 May 2019 by TexSelect in Features, Press Releases, TexSelect News

TexSelect honorary chairman Barbara Kennington explains why this is the last year of TexSelect – after 50 years of supporting young textile design talent. Over 50 years, TexSelect (previously called Texprint) has interviewed more than 10,000 young textile designers and supported more than 1,250 of them to develop their careers and launch into the industry. For a charity entirely reliant on generous sponsors, it’s an achievement of which we are very proud. But as the industry changes and sponsorship budgets…

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Meet the Alumna: Francesca Colussi

6 March 2019 by Roger Tredre in Alumni Stories, Features

Textile artist Francesca Colussi, a TexSelect alumna from 2011, talks about her unusual work transforming vintage postcards with embroidery. It’s a vintage black-and-white postcard of a country lane and a thatched cottage. But this idyllic view is bursting with embroidered colour: a pink tree, a yellow rooftop, a violet floral explosion. Something old has been transformed into something new, a vintage treasure given a thoroughly modern twist. Idyllic Life / 2019 Francesca Colussi, who was a TexSelect designer back in…

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Collezioni Trends: interview with Matthew Briggs

21 January 2019 by Editor in Alumni Stories, Fashion, Sponsors, Judges & Champions

Collezioni Trends has supported TexSelect for many years, generously giving gratis a full-page advert in the magazine twice annually. Giulia Bulgarelli, Editor in Charge at Logos Publishing, publisher of Collezioni Trends, said:  “It is with great pleasure that we support the TexSelect initiative, and the young designers who participate in it. Wanting to further support their creativity, we planned an additional initiative by dedicating their own pages to the designers in the magazine.  Our first such feature will be on Matthew Briggs…

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Meet the Alumna: Pepe Lowe

9 December 2018 by Editor in Alumni Stories, Fashion, Features

Pepe Lowe, a TexSelect alumna from 2013, explains how her career has evolved over the last five years, including the launch of her own collection of classic silk womenswear. Back in the summer of 2013 I was just finishing my BA in Textile Design at Chelsea College of Arts. It was such a great surprise to be chosen for TexSelect, then called Texprint. They really showed me the options that were open to me in the commercial fashion and textile…

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Meet the Alumnus: Rupert Newman, Light Artist

29 October 2018 by TexSelect in Alumni Stories, Features, Home, Interiors & Auto

Rupert Newman has been the go-to light installation artist for luxury weddings in the south of France this past summer. We found out more about what the TexSelect alumnus is up to. The Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild is a splendid seaside villa at Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat on the French Riviera. Built between 1905 and 1912 by Baroness Béatrice de Rothschild, it sums up all the grandeur of the Cote d’Azur. And this year it’s been a regular haunt for TexSelect alumnus Rupert…

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Matthew Briggs: Winner of The Woolmark Company TexSelect Award

8 October 2018 by TexSelect in Alumni Stories, Fashion, Features, Sponsors, Judges & Champions

Boldly patterned and graphic knits by Matthew Briggs delighted the judges and won him The Woolmark Company TexSelect Award in Paris, which set him on the road to Shanghai. Young designer Matthew Briggs, who studied knitwear design at the Royal College of Art, was a big winner at the TexSelect award ceremony on September 20 during Première Vision Paris, snapping up the TexSelect Fashion Prize, the WGSN TexSelect Textiles of the Future Award, and the prestigious The Woolmark Company TexSelect…

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Humphries Weaving: The Quest for His Majesty’s Silk

5 October 2018 by Editor in Home, Interiors & Auto, Textile Insights

This fascinating video highlights the chance discoveries that led to the weaving of ‘His Majesty’s Geranium and Gold Colour Silk’ for the restoration of the Saloon at Brighton’s Royal Pavilion. Restored to its stunning 1823 scheme of regal splendour, the saloon is again open to the public and celebrates the skill and artistry of today’s craftsmen and women who recreated the dazzling silver, gold and crimson decoration that George IV originally commissioned to reflect his status as King. Humphries Weaving…

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TexSelect 2018: Notebook from Paris

22 September 2018 by Meghna Sarkar in Fashion, Features, Home, Interiors & Auto, Sponsors, Judges & Champions

Best of British textile talent came to the fore at Première Vision Paris, 19-21 September. Let’s take a quick look behind the scenes. Twenty four young designers, three days of excitement, nervousness and upheaval and a once in a lifetime opportunity to communicate with the biggest names of the textile industry. For the talented textile stars of 2018, the TexSelect showcase at Première Vision Designs was the highlight of their career so far. “It’s such a huge opportunity,” said Grace…

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