From the Chateau Roux Design Department, through the October T-shirt Print Laboratories, and on to the Sugababes.

It’s not surprising they went for this t-shirt – made from a modal t-shirt fabric it’s extremely soft and light, and so a good choice for performance. The fine gauge of the t-shirt does create an issue when the design requires a foil application.

A thin covering of screen printed adhesive is used, followed a by a very fine layer of heat applied foil – that way the t-shirt continues to move in a soft and fluid way even around the graphic….as the Sugababes beautifully demonstrate.

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UK Young Fashion Entrepreneur 2009 award

Are you the UK’s young fashion entrepreneur 2009?

Are you passionate about fashion, an innovator looking for entrepreneurial ways to move the UK fashion industry forward? Are you looking to broaden your international business opportunities and to build your network? Want to know more about the business of fashion in India?

If this sounds like you then you could be the next winner of this prestigious new award from the British Council, with support from NESTA.

To be eligible for the award, you must be aged between 25 and 35, have at least three years industry experience and be resident in the UK.

You can download an application form and the guidance notes here.
Applications close at noon on Thursday 17 October 2008.
UKYFE is one of nine awards for young creative entrepreneurs that are being developed by the British Council with support from NESTA, the Cultural Leadership Programme, trade associations and professional bodies within the creative sector.


Taller Flora – Design – British Council – Arts

Taller Flora

Taller Flora with Mexico’s leading ethical fashion label

Carla Fernandez, 34, is the founder of Taller Flora, a fashion label and mobile laboratory that travels throughout Mexico visiting indigenous communities, including those that specialise in handmade textiles. Taller Flora has developed a unique style, and is a leader through its business model of a fair-trade network and environmental policies that encourage responsible practice in the fashion industry.

Carla was chosen as the winner of the British Council’s International Young Fashion Entrepreneur Award after giving a presentation to a UK panel of leading industry figures including Colin McDowell MBE, Suzanne Tide-Frater, Julie Pinches, Alberto Bartoli and Alison Moloney. The winner had to demonstrate a keen understanding of and vision for the fashion industry in their country.

The judges stated that “She has a clear and distinct design philosophy, which is highly personal and representative of her cultural identity, while speaking to the international fashion industry. The IYFEY prize is a financial award to be spent on a project tailored to the winner’s specific interests while developing the relationship between the winner’s country and the UK. Carla’s project is to recruit a printed textile designer and menswear designer from the UK to work with her and the Taller Flora team in Mexico for five months. For more information about IYFEY and Carla’s work please click here.

Menswear Designer – Taller Flora is looking to recruit a talented and driven menswear designer to work with Carla Fernandez to develop tailoring within the Taller Flora label. The designer will be working with the artisans of the co-op Charro Mexicano, who are skilled in the traditional tailoring and embroidery skills of the national ‘charro’ suit. Two lines of clothing will be developed with Carla: Haute Couture, preserving the manual tradition; and ready-to-wear, in collaboration with Tramex, one of Mexico’s biggest menswear manufacturers.


·         Applicants should have a BA or MA in fashion or be a talented designer. Demonstrable competence of pattern cutting is mandatory

·         Ability to work independently

·         Team player with good interpersonal and communication skills

·         Knowledge of and an interest in ethical fashion

·         Knowledge of Spanish would be an asset

·         Must be a resident in the UK.

Textile Designer – Taller Flora is looking to recruit a textiles designer who will work on the printed textiles designs inspired by the work of artisans from the indigenous community of Tenango de Doria. This project will commence with a creative workshop with artisans who draw and embroider Tenangos, to help Taller Flora translate their traditional practices into contemporary fashion design. Two lines of clothing will be developed with Carla: Haute Couture, preserving the manual tradition; and ready-to-wear, translating drawings produced in the workshop into prints for mass-production. Requirements:

·         Applicants should have a BA or MA in textile design or be a talented print designer

·         Excellent freehand drawing skills

·         Knowledge of PhotoShop is mandatory

·         Silk screening experience

·         Ability to work independently

·         Team player with good interpersonal and communication skills

·         Knowledge of and an interest in ethical fashion

·         Knowledge of Spanish would be an asset

·         Must be a resident in the UK.

Conditions of employment:

·         The appointment will be on a 5 month contract, ideally starting at the end of August (exact dates to be negotiated).

·         Taller Flora offers a tax-free salary which is competitive according to Mexican standards which is $1200 per month.

·         An economy-class return air ticket will be provided.

·         Accommodation is not included but Taller Flora promises to assist in locating an apartment near to their studio, which is located in one of the trendiest spots of Mexico City.

How to apply: Designers interested in the project should apply with the following materials:

·         A short, written statement (not more than 300 words) outlining why you want to be part of this project.   

·         Up to 12 photographs of your work

·         The name and contact details (including a telephone number) of one person we may contact as a reference

·         Your CV

The deadline for applications is 16 June 2008. A shortlist of 6 candidates will be interviewed the week beginning 30th June 2008 For further information you can contact Alison Moloney on 020 7389 3157, or Carla Fernandez at Please send your application

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Eternal Spirit – corsetry, lingerie and bridal wear

Award-winning Nottingham based company “Eternal Spirits” offer a unique range of corsetry, lingerie and bridal wear.

Their corsets are beautiful, and versatile enough to be worn in the bedroom or for a special night out paired with a pencil skirt or a pair of skinny jeans. Made in England, each corset is lovingly crafted by hand and delivered to you in a stunning corset box.  The emphasis is on making you feel pampered. Eternal Spirits are probably the UK’s most talked about corsetry specialist, establishing themselves as a market leader in the UK.

Beautiful awe inspiring corsets, bridal wear and lingerie. Directional yet timeless, provocative yet sophisticated. View the Eternal Spirits website to appreciate the beauty of what can also be described as an extraordinary form of art.

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Designer clothes with Norwegian roots

An after-party idea in Honolulu has turned into a centre of fashion in Stryn, a small summer ski resort in the west of Norway. The Norwegian designer duo ‘Moods of Norway’ are seeking to give people a taste of Norwegian history in their clothes.

‘Moods of Norway’ mixes traditional rose painting designs with a glamorous and urban look. Their unusual designs have won international acclaim and their clothes are sold in 120 shops in 13 countries all over the world. Their flagship store in Oslo will open in February.

“There were two things we wanted to do. One was to tell Norwegian stories, and the other was to make clothes. If you look at the details on Norway’s different traditional costumes, they each have their own history. One of the symbols we use on our clothes is the aerosol can – to show that this is a Norwegian invention,” says Simen Staalnacke.

The duo from western Norway design clothes for both men and women, as well as accessories such as sun glasses, bags, belts and earphones. They have specialised in three styles: street mood, casual mood and cocktail mood.

“We want to show that Norway is a good place to live and we see that people in other countries find these Norwegian roots fun and exotic. The stories behind the clothes give them their own

Moods of Norway was established five years ago by Simen Staalnacke and Peder Børresen. Their designs can be found in shops in a range of countries, including Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Spain, Jamaica, Japan, China and the US. Their collections can also be purchased at “Grandma’s super interactive webshop” on Internet.

Download catalogue (pdf approx. 5mb) – click here to start.


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Dutch Fashion Foundation and Mercedes-Benz – Autumn 2008 fashion show – Prelude

On Tuesday January 22nd 2008 the Dutch Fashion Foundation and Mercedes-Benz proudly presented the fourth edition of the exclusive fashion salon ‘Prelude’ with the presentations of the new Autumn/Winter 2008-2009 collections of Sjaak Hullekes, Sebastic, Mada van Gaans, Corné Gabriëls and Conny Groenewegen, hosted under the hospitality of NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky in Amsterdam.



Mercedes-Benz supports the Dutch Fashion Foundation in her mission to create awareness and international appreciation for the Dutch fashion industry. With their collaboration the allure, quality and pioneering values of both brands meet. Both are very excited about the Prelude platform and proud of the success it has gained for the participating designers. For emerging talents Sjaak Hullekes and Sebastic it was the first time to show during this fashion platform event. Mada van Gaans presented for the fourth time, Corné Gabriëls for the third time and Conny Groenewegen for the second time after her debut during the last edition of the Prelude salon in July. With the continuation of the Prelude salons Mercedes-Benz supports the Dutch fashion world by accentuating the clear values of avantgarde fashion within the Netherlands.

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By Malene Birger is esquisite on Kate Moss in French Vogue

Malene Birger is a Danish fashion designer – she has been crowned by MTV as the “Queen of Fashion in Copenhagen,” and international trend magazine Wear Global has nominated her boutique in Copenhagen as one of the world’s finest in terms of design and decor.


Birger has run her own fashion company, By Malene Birger, since February 2003

“Some Like it Hot” is the killer, animal print silk dress from By Malene Birger Christmas Temptation collection, seen on Kate Moss on a two page spread in the upcoming August issue of French Vogue. The Christmas Temptation collection will be out in October 2008.

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