Juniper Lai, BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology Menswear student, has been announced as the winner of the 14th annual Fashion Awareness Direct competition which took place on-schedule with Fashion Scout at London Fashion Week. With her technological approach to the brief, Juniper triumphed over the shortlisted sixteen students from universities nationwide and took home the £1000 prize.
Juniper’s winning menswear collection translated the ‘Physics Meets Fashion’ brief into an eye-catching range of oversized masculine garments centred around her fabric which was created using 3D sintering technology. Francesco Napolitano designed the geometric structures. This is the latest progression in 3D printing using lasers directed at points of a 3D structure to bind the material in areas to create a solid shape. Crisp white shirts were teamed with wide circular cut, cobalt blue dip dye shorts with ruched waist bands in a contrasting colour palette of monochrome.
Commenting on winning the prestigious competition, Juniper said:
I feel happy to have won the F.A.D competition, and honoured to have had the opportunity to show amongst other young talents. This gave me a great platform to showcase what I have been doing, an opportunity I couldn’t miss, so to win and represent LCF is wonderful.
Rob Phillips, Creative Director of the School of Design & Technology said:
This is a great win for Juniper and LCF. The F.A.D competition is a great platform and sends out a positive message to all young designers that are trying to get started in this industry.
You can find some of the exciting coverage on Juniper’s win below: