A budding designer from UK has pipped her international rivals to the post to win the Lycra Future Designers award.
Lucy Gardener picked up the accolade at the WGSN Global Fashion Awards, which took place on Wednesday evening at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Invista has announced.
Other finalists included Patricia Clariza from the US, Hanna Lucatelli from Brazil and Han Zhongshu from China.
Gardener commented: “I am absolutely thrilled to win this prestigious prize. Lycra fibre is such a well-known brand across the world and the fibre is so versatile for designs, no matter what apparel you are incorporating the fibre in.
“I can’t wait to see my designs come to life and to work with Invista in getting the collection in front of buyers, designers, stores and consumers. This is one of the most exciting things that has happened to me.”
Invista global director of brand and communications Denise Sakuma commented: “Lucy’s designs were incredibly impressive, and the talent in the final four made it a tough decision, However all the judges were especially impressed with Lucy’s cycling designs and its functionality.”
The winner will now receive Lycra fiber fabrics to help them with their forthcoming collections, as well as a consultancy with Invista global production and marketing experts.