Global Software company, Lectra, came along to Glasgow Kelvin College this week to judge a competition involving students from the College’s BA (Hons) Fashion Design & Manufacture and HNC/D Fashion Design and Retail programmes.
Lectra, who produce the industry-standard Kaledo Style design programme, are the leading fashion design software provider in Europe and students all use their design solutions to put together their creative ideas and portfolios. Each entrant created moodboards and illustration boards with garment designs and technical sketches using Kaledo Style.
Carl Bartlett and Victoria Fothergill of Lectra poured over the hugely creative entries from the students and, after much deliberation, awarded the runner-up prize to Alison Ratcliffe for her beautiful ‘Throw-away’ fashion collection, with the acclaimed first prize going to Siobhan Mackenzie for her truly innovative ‘Clan Mackenzie’ collection. Both are degree-level students on the BA (Hons) programme.
Siobhan has adapted and sculpted tartan trims and applique into her stunning garments, even producing full dress kilts, hand crafted in conjunction with Glenisla Kilts, a Lanarkshire-based bespoke kiltmaker. The judges said that she showed an excellent flair for design and style, with a highly imaginative use of pattern and texture (can you spot the Saltire on the kilt?). Carl also remarked that all of the designs they judged displayed an excellent understanding of their target retail market.
The prestigious prize includes around £13,000 worth of software licences (for three years) which will be invaluable to helping Siobhan achieve her creative goals. A delighted Siobahn said;
“I’m honestly speechless and have just about stopped shaking! I can’t thank Lectra enough for this fabulous prize and, of course, thanks to all the Glasgow Kelvin lecturing staff for building our confidence and encouraging us to be the very best we can be!”.