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Texprint strips graduate of prize

Texprint has stripped the winner of one its annual graduate awards of her prize on the basis that her designs were not entirely original.

Samantha Beeston, who originally won the textile charity’s Colour prize, has been removed from Texprint’s list of star designers for 2009.

Julius Schofield, chairman of Texprint, said “Unfortunately we have had to make this decision, as it came to our attention that Samantha’s work bears too much of a resemblance to that of other designers and illustrators.”

The Colour prize will instead go to Lisa Stannard, BA textile design graduate from Manchester Metropolitan University School of Art. New Look creative director Barbara Horspool, who judged the category, said: “I was delighted with Lisa’s use of both bold and muted shades teamed with her delicate, almost naïve drawings.”

Stannard will join the five other winners at the Indigo show in Paris, which runs from September 15-18. Each winner will have their own stand to show their collections. The prizes will be presented there by Harold Tillman, chairman of the British Fashion Council and Jaeger

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