The Innovation Award sponsored by Lectra UK, was introduced in the 2013-14 academic year, and is open to students at member universities and colleges on any course involving clothing and textiles, which includes a major project other than a traditional dissertation.
Projects may have a creative, technical or business focus, but should demonstrate in-depth research into innovation within the industry. Submissions are entered in June and the winner and runners up are announced at the student conference in November.
The winner for 2014 was Carina Harrison, a graduate from the University of Huddersfield with her paper entitled, "A Multichannel Strategy for ASOS."
Elizabeth Brandwood, education account manager, Lectra UK said: ''Lectra is delighted to have supported the 2014 ASBCI Student Innovation Award. Being at the forefront of industry technology and with strong links across education, Lectra is always keen to encourage new and emerging talent within the fashion industry.''
Pictured above from l-r, Elizabeth Brandwood, education account manager at Lectra, Carina Harrison and Jenni Murphy, marketing manager at Lectra.
Cash prizes of £500, £300 and £100 were awarded for first place, first runner up and joint second runner up.
2014 1st Prize: Carina Harrison, University of Huddersfield. Runners up: Hannah Miller, De Montfort University; Alexandra Powell and Hannah Smith from Birmingham City University.