Pringle of Scotland, the luxury brand, and the British Fashion Council have today announced the winner of its Pringle Design Competition in association with the British Fashion Council’s Colleges Council.
Jemma Louise Page from the University of Northumbria will receive a £1,000 cash prize and a paid six month design placement with Pringle, post her graduation, giving her the opportunity to work alongside Pringle creative director Clare Waight Keller.
The British Fashion Council’s (BFC) Colleges Council member colleges nominated students for the award, whose portfolios included knitted swatches and illustrations for six outfits for either a womenswear or menswear capsule collection.
The shortlisted students were interviewed by a judging panel comprising Anne Tyrrell, chair of the BFC Colleges Council, Caroline Rush, joint chief executive of the BFC, Waight Keller, Sarah Mower, BFC ambassador for emerging talent and contributor to Style.com/Vogue US and Anne Marie Curtis, deputy editor, Elle.
Page impressed the judges with her research, design ability and understanding of both Pringle of Scotland’s heritage and its positioning as a contemporary, luxury brand.
Waight Keller said: “Jemma really stood out amongst all the candidates, with her passion, enthusiasm and her body of very beautiful and exciting ideas which captured the spirit of Pringle of Scotland. I am really looking forward to her joining the team this summer.”
Page said “I am thrilled to be the winner of the Pringle Design Competition and I would like to thank the BFC and Pringle of Scotland for this incredible opportunity. The prize will not only help me develop my design knowledge and skills but the hands on experience at the Pringle of Scotland design studio will be an incredible insight into all design aspects of one of the best brands in the industry.”