University of Brighton textiles graduate Megan Lovett will collect her prize and a framed certificate from the Lord Mayor of London Dr Andrew Parmley on 25 October at the Woolmen’s Civic Dinner at Clothworkers Hall in the City of London.
The award, given on behalf of the Worshipful Company of Woolmen and The Company of Merchants of the Staple of England, is an annual prize for ‘innovation which is commercially viable’.
Megan’s collection ‘Loop and Weft’ explores the use of both woven and knitted textiles, using innovative techniques to investigate the possibilities of combining the two. Through a three-dimensional design process and working directly on the body, single pieces of custom designed woven fabric have been transformed, through knitting, into simple garment shapes which feature both structures in bright and neutral palettes.
Megan, who graduated this year with distinction, was an “exemplary” student, according to Dr Caterina Radvan, the University’s Academic Programme Leader for fashion and textiles. She said: “Megan engaged with every aspect of the course from organising fund-raising events to taking advantage of work-placements – and all whilst focusing consistently on her studies.