Wednesday, 6 August 2008

International Talent Support

International Talent Support is now in its seventh edition and I think it does an amazing job of showcasing new talent from all over the world. I particularly love the fashion competition which is for final year fashion students and the accessories which is the only competition of its kind in the world. The talent database hold details of all finalists in the competition and can be searched under different criteria by anyone for free. I couldn't help but run few searches. I am always on the look out for up and coming designers and this competition is a great way to see uncommercialised creativity.

Here are some of the best bits of the seventh edition.

David Dooley is a shoe designer and graduated with an MA in men's footwear from the Royal College of Art. He has worked as a studio assistant for John Lewis and has won the Manolo Blahnik Renaissance Project (2007) and Unistep Ladies Footwear competition (2006) whilst being shortlisted for accessories at London Graduate Fashion Week (2007). His shoes designs were inspired by modern architecture, sculpture and interior and have a really futuristic feel whilst keeping some traditional quality and values.

Timothy Andrews is a graduate of textiles at Chelsea College of Art and Design and women's knitwear at the Royal College of Art. His CV shows an impressive list of experience including Gap, Burberry Prosum and John Richmond. He has been finalist in Miss Selfridge, Umbro and Laura Ashley Competitions. His project was inspired by a story of a native American girl and is reminiscent of the Goodnight Deer story depicted in fashion and theatre by Daydream Nation. The story has a happy ending though with a girl whose clothes are solid, confident and filled with new energy and life.

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