Student Knitwear Designer of the Year

16 January 2013

Win £500 in cash along with professional photographs and recognition throughout the year in the form of published articles and promotional opportunities with the British Alpaca Society.


Open to anyone under 25 years of age

The British Alpaca Society is to host the National Alpaca Show 2013 in Buckinghamshire on 11/12 May 2013. As part of this event the organisers are staging a competition that is open to all fashion students to find the British Alpaca Society’s Student Knitwear Designer of 2013.

The brief
Your challenge is to design a garment that has universal appeal and can be produced commercially by using a minimum of 80% British alpaca and a maximum of 20% any other material of your choice, in the context of contemporary trend-led fashion. Be inspired by your initial research using the beautifully soft alpaca fibre. Exploit its creative, expressive potential by manipulating around the body, with a strong emphasis on knitwear, experimental and creative possibilities.

Your research inspirations should investigate the global diversity and cultural collisions of the alpaca fleece in order to create a garment for man, woman or child. It must be edgy, contemporary and directional.

Key colours
Alpaca fleece has a stunning palette of 23 natural shades ( the natural colours of alpaca range from white, beige, caramel, grey, browns through to black), try to use these shades to your advantage, while if you wish to add additional colour this can be in your minimum 20% any other material.

Stage 1: 
• Submit an initial A4 design showing both front and back views
• Send by post with your contact details to Caroline Trotter:  BAS, National Show Co-Organiser, Field Burcote Alpacas, Field Burcote House, Duncote,Towcester, Northamptonshire NN12 8AH. Mobile 07798 904500    
• Closing date for Stage 1 submissions: 1 February 2013 

Stage 2:
• The top 60 designs will be selected and the finalists notified by email in mid-February
• All 60 finalists will be asked to submit an A3 mood/knit development/inspiration board
• Include 4” (minimum size) sample swatches of knitted fabric demonstrating the stitch to be used in the design. Lambswool of the same ply and colour as the design should be used
• The 20 final designs will be judged by a fashion industry representative and displayed at the 2013 National Show in May
• The winning student will be notified by mid March and will be asked to create their design using alpaca yarn provided by the British Alpaca Society
• The winning design can be hand or machine knitted. It is to be completed by 1 May 2013 for display at the National Show on 11/12 May 2013
• The winning designer will be presented with the £500 prize at the Gala Evening on Saturday 11 May and appointed:

British Alpaca Society’s Student Knitwear Designer of the Year 2013


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