My quest to find the most up and coming textiles designs lead me to the worlds most leading and exclusive fabric show in Paris, Premiere Vision. Here is located all the best fabric and accessory companies from around the world. People who specialise in printing, leather goods, technological fabrics and much more.
There are also more independent sections of the event, Indigo being one of the key textile areas. Supporting a variety of independent printing studios from London and around Europe. One of the key events that were to be held in this area was the prestigious Texprint award. This award supports and promotes some of the most promising textile graduate talent within Britain. With large companies such as The Drapers Company and Liberty Art fabrics being but a few of the sponsors. The selected students for the award are given the exposure to numerous buyers, press and investors from around the world.
All the work I found was truly inspiring and I give such great credit to all the students who participated in the scheme, I would like to congratulate everyone who took part. I have listed the final award winners from the event:
Carlo Volpi, winner of the Body Prize; Tania Grace Knuckey, winner of the Space Prize, Manri Kishimoto, winner of the Colour Prize; and Ying Wu, winner of the Pattern Prize.
However, there was one particular entry, Fergus Dowling that really caught my eye. His unusual approach to menswear really stood out from the rest of the stands. Using a beautiful mix of illustration and multimedia, creating unique and quirky pieces for the new season.
Fergus was also kind enough to express his opinion on the current climate and support for up and coming British talent. Here are his thoughts:
What where your feelings for being selected for the Textprint award?
I was very overwhelmed when I was selected for the award as everybody’s work that was selected for texprint was of such a high standard.
What was your key inspiration for this collection?
I draw inspiration from a few areas when I produce my work but my main aim is to always try and create a blend between traditional and contemporary imagery to produce interesting and detailed designs.
Do you feel British institutions have assisted you in reaching to this point?
The facilities and the tutoring at Leeds Collage of Art for surface textiles have had a key role in my understanding of textiles and I wouldn’t have been able to reach the stage that I am now without having had the support.
How much in your opinion, does the press support young British talent in design, music literature etc…?
I feel there is a lot of support from the press in aiding the emergence of new young talent in Britain, as people are always looking new and inspiring work, they aim to deliver.
What aspect do you feel new talent in Britain need support with?
Maybe the music industry as there are lots of incredibly talented bands and artists out there that are unable to acquire the success they deserve due to being over shadowed by the larger record labels.
What are your aspirations for the next coming year?
My main aim is to gain as much experience and understanding of the Fashion industry as possible, specifically more menswear, as well as develop myself as a designer