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UK Fashion & Textiles Awards 2015 judges announced

British designer Henry Holland, fashion journalist Colin McDowell and Harvey Nichols buying director Anita Barr are among the judges for the 2015 UK Fashion & Textile Awards.

The annual event, which will take place on May 21 at Tobacco Dock, London, celebrates individuals, brands and businesses trading in the UK.

Prizes across nine categories will be handed out on the night, from the UKFT newcomer award to best exporter business and an honour for outstanding achievement.

The complete judging panel is made up of a range of industry influencers including E Tautz creative director and confirmed Drapers Next Generation speaker Patrick Grant, journalists Alister Mackie and Melanie Rickey, blogger Suzie Lau, RBS regional director Heather Melville and Lou Stoppard, editor of fashion film business ShowStudio.

Entries for the awards are open now, with a full shortlist expected to be announced in March. The event will be hosted by models Amber Le Bon and Jack Guinness.

Previous UKFT-award recipients include British fashion designers Christopher Raeburn and Margaret Howell, House of Holland and MatchesFashion.com.

Chief executive of the UKFT John Miln said: “The Natwest UK Fashion & Textiles Award will be the event in which to celebrate the industry’s achievements and an opportunity to honour some of the most innovative people in British fashion and textiles.”

Tickets, which start at £350, and further information can be found online at ukftawards.org.

@LukeToddUK

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