The winning garments designed by fashion students in Britain, Italy and Germany for the International Saga Mink Design Competition were exhibited in London on Tuesday (May 12).
The winning garments designed by fashion students in Britain, Italy and Germany for the International Saga Mink Design Competition were exhibited in London on Tuesday (May 12). The competition included garments with trim for casual and formal wear and small furs and coats in mink.
Four British students won first prizes in the competition sponsored by the Scandinavian Mink Association-the mink breeders of Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden whose mink is marked under the name of Sage. The purpose of the competition was to educate and interest student designers in the use of mink and encourage those who were judged to have potential to enter the field of fur design.
Among the prize winning entries from other designers was a white maxi-coat with black mink sleeves and narrow black mink pockets stretching from hip to hem by Alessandra Casselon from the Accademie Italian di Costume e di Moda in Rome; a polo-necked white mink ski pullover with checks in beige mink by Renate Gogle from the Akademie Fur Werkkunst und Mode, West Berlin; and a red wool maxi-coat with mink trimming and matching mink-trimmed hat from Gerhild Hewden, also from the Akademie Fur Werkkunst and Mode in West Berlin.
Angela Esposito from the Accademia Italiana di Costume e di Moda in Rome entered a white trouser suit trimmed with black mink fringe. Another Italian entry in competition was a white mink fur dress and cape designed by Valentina Evaristi, a student in Milan.
A black maxi-coat-in mink, of course-was the creation of Alfred Schrader from Hamburg, and Magda Bertola a student in Torino, Italy entered a black mink mini-dress laced up the side with white leather thongs.
Patricia Williams, one of the winning British designer, is a student at the London College of Fashion and Clothing Technology. Her Victorian-style high-necked outfit features a black crushed leather ??? "wet look" and a tight high-necked bodice with diamond of mink on bodice and sleeves. She was awarded first prize in Category A - Mink Trim for Casual Wear.
Susan Harman, a student at the Kingston College of Art, designed a midi-length donkey suede suit with bottle dress top. Large panels of diamond worked bands of beige and brown mink are featured front and back and won their designer the prize for Category B - Mink Trim for ??? Wear.
A casual thigh length jacket in dark mink contrasting with camel suede collar, sleeves, belt and enormous patch pockets was designed by Rosemary Lilley from the Luton College of Art, and won her the award for Small Fur-Group C.
Hannah Wanklyn's three tone mink coat won her the prize for Mink Coat design-Category D. Also a student at Kingston College of Art, her entry in the competition featured a bodice with three colours diagonally worked, a skirt in one colour and a scarf attached at the neckline.
All four of the British student designers are under twenty years of age. Their winning designs, now made up, will also be shown in Frankfurt and Milan, together with an exhibition of some consolation prize-winning drawings.