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Drapers and COTTON USA announce shortlist for next big cotton designer

To mark a decade of sponsoring emerging talent at LFW, COTTON USA has teamed up with Drapers to find the next big designer working with cotton.

After a deluge of high-quality entries, the panel has picked just four finalists - the winner will be revealed in Drapers’ June 15 issue.

Thank you to all those who entered, we are delighted to announce the shortlist.

Victoria Renzo, Birmingham City University

Victoria Renzo

Victoria Renzo

The weather and the dramatic effects it can have on the landscape are the inspiration behind Victoria Renzo’s cotton collection, ‘Natural Elements’. Feminine in style, the collection incorporates summery colours with rain-drop prints and a wide selection of pieces from asymmetrical skirts to sheer blouses, shorts and vests all created in lightweight cotton fabrics.


Aimee Knight, Sheffield Hallam University

Aimee Knight

Aimee Knight

Finalist Aimee Knight has designed a pared-down minimalist collection based on neutral tones, called “Of Two Minds”. Designed to appeal to both men and women, the collection is predominantly cotton based, incorporating elements of organdy and silk, with boxy shapes, gathering and zips for detail.


Amy Critchlow, Manchester Metropolitan University

Amy Critchlow

Amy Critchlow

Amy Critchlow describes her collection as increasing “product longevity for a more positive future”. To achieve this, she has created a 30-piece collection using fabrics that are easy to care for and can be worn in a number of different ways. Produced predominantly in white cotton, Critchlow says the collection will demonstrate this versatile fabric’s durable qualities and “last for more than one season”.

Stephanie Kendall, University of Huddersfield

Stephanie Kendall

Stephanie Kendall

Targeted at women aged from 20 to 50-years-old, Stephanie Kendall has created a sophisticated collection that takes its design inspiration from the often overlooked items that surround us in everyday life, using geometry to transform them into clothing. Like her fellow finalists, Kendall’s cotton collection uses a primarily white palette but has accents of pastel mint green, pink and yellow for colour.

 

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