Sian Whitefoot is the Triumph(ant) winner at Inspiration Awards
Last night team Catwalk Queen (including a certain lingerie-obsessed editor) attended the Triumph Inspiration Awards, the UK final of the famous lingerie design awards.
Judges from across the fashion industry chose the lucky student designer who will go up against international competition at the grand final in Shanghai. The winner gets a cash prize (€15,000), plus the chance to see their design recreated as a special limited edition retail garment.
This year's panel included Jade Parfitt and Polly Delevigne (above, with a model wearing the winning design) as well as Felder Felder, Caroline Rush from The British Fashion Council, and representatives from other areas of the fashion industry (including online and print media). All attendees of the final cast their own votes too, which were taken into account before the final winner was chosen.
The winner was Sian Whitefoot from De Montfort University, who interpreted the theme 'Dragons and Butterflies' into a piece called 'Ecliptic Renewal'. She explains her concept thus:
"During my research I came across macrophotography of owl butterfly eggs which instantly got my creative juices flowing. These images depicted beautiful yet simple sheer spheres with thicker white sections that I transcended into the structure of my piece. I was also inspired by the striking cocoons of many of the butterflies I researched, flashes of bright green created a dramatic and eye catching look which I wanted to incorporate."
Sian will compete against student designers from 31 other countries in Shanghai later this year. We've got our fingers crossed for her!