This edition of the LYCRA® Future Designers award marks the third time INVISTA, one of the world’s largest producer of polymers and fibres, participates in the WGSN Global Fashion Awards with its sponsored category in “Emerging Talent”. Previously, the award was an event in itself organized by INVISTA and was first started in South America in 2009.
The 2015 finalists included student designers or young design graduates from South America, Asia and Europe. Agustina Andrea Delgado Recke (Argentina), Natalia Vechiatto Feitoza (Brazil), Pui Yan Rachel Tse (France), and Silvia Teh (Singapore).
“Winning a global award of such standing is life-changing. It is a wonderful experience for me and gives me the certainty that I can go even further in my career,” says Vechiatto Feitoza e Silva. “Even before I started studying design I wanted to have my own label, and now, thanks to the LYCRA® brand and the support I will get from INVISTA, I will be able to achieve this dream. Nothing seems impossible to be anymore, and with hard work I can get there. I’m really excited for the future.” she says.
The last winner of the LYCRA® Future Designers contest Lucy Gardner sells her women’s cycling clothing made with LYCRA® fibre through her site, Fierlan.com. Silvia Teh, one of the finalists of this year’s contest, was named the regional winner of Harper’s BAZAAR Asia New Generation Fashion Designer Award 2015 during Singapore’s Fashion Week in May.
About WGSN Global Fashion Awards
The WGSN Global Fashion Awards are the only awards in the industry to recognise fashion innovation and breakthrough talent on a global scale with categories ranging from Breakthrough Designers in Womenswear, Menswear and Footwear & Accessories to design innovation awards for brands and retailers in specialist categories such as Womenswear, Menswear, Kidswear, Sports/Activewear and Intimates/Swim, among others. Retail and digital innovation is also recognised in categories such as best new retail concept, best store and best e-store. For a full list of categories, please visit: www.globalfashionawards.com in their fifth year the awards regularly attracts more than 2,000 entries from 50 countries and are celebrated at a gala event in London attended by 400 industry VIPs.
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