UK student wins Triumph Inspiration Award

Tuesday, 23 October 2012
British fashion student Sian Whitefoot has scooped the prestigious lingerie designer of the year for her Ecliptic Renewal design at this year’s Triumph Inspiration Award. The final, which took place during Shanghai Fashion Week, featured 31 finalists from around the world, and showcased lingerie designs inspiration by the Dragons & Butterflies theme. The finalists showcased their designs in a catwalk show before a jury featuring British fashion designer Matthew Williamson, Vogue Italia editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani, designer Uma Wang, internationally renowned photographer Wing Shya, and Chinese model Bonnie Chen decided on the winner.

Whitefoot from De Montfort University was awarded the coveted accolade after “her design exceeded every criteria” said Sozzani, who added that she was an “outstanding young talent”.

As winner, Whitefoot will work with Triumph to translate her design into a commercial garment to be sold in its stores worldwide, as well as taking home a cash prize.

Commenting on her win, Whitefoot said: “I am speechless. It’s a dream come true! The months leading up to the event have been so fantastic, I have learnt enormously. The last few days here in Shanghai with the other finalists were so intense and an incredibly unique experience for me.”

Alla Polozenko representing Italy with the design Dragon & Butterfly Infinity took second place, while Luca Beke from Hungary came in third.

Image: Sian Whitefoot’s winning design