Invista has announced the winner of its 2015 Lycra Future Designers contest.
Brazilian graduate Natália Vechiatto Feitoza e Silva beat her international to claim the prize at the WGSN Global Fashion Awards in London.
The winner will receive Lycra fiber fabrics to help them with her forthcoming collections, as well as a consultancy with INVISTA’s global production and marketing experts.
Judges were impressed by Vechiatto Feitoza e Silva’s activewear collection, which was inspired by the exotic beauty of the Brazil tropics and its rich diversity.
Other finalists included student designers and young design graduates Agustina Andrea Delgado Recke (Argentina), 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,” said 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.”