16th October 2001




Two fashion students from the University of Lincoln will this week be named as the winners of a new annual millinery prize.


Felicity Draper, owner and director of Felicity Hat Hire in Clasketgate, will present the prizes to two Lincoln School of Art and Design students this Thursday (18th October) at 11am at the university’s Fashion Department in Thomas Parker House on Silver Street.  


The competition for Best Commercial Design for Millinery is set to become an annual award open to first and second-year fashion students, with a student from each year winning an award.


Each winning design will be manufactured into a commercial hat for hire, from which the students will receive a percentage of the hire charge as commission.  


Kathy Gaul, an associate lecturer in Fashion at the university and a specialist in millinery design, established links with Felicity Hat Hire this year by organising student work placements and displaying students’ designs in the store’s window.


After receiving positive comments from customers the shop’s manager, Cynthia Hitt, decided to establish an annual prize.


“It is a pleasure to reward such exciting designs with recognition from the commercial world,” said Mrs Hitt. “We hope that the awards will continue to inspire students to produce imaginative designs with the potential for retail success.”


Carol Brown, principal lecturer in Fashion at the Lincoln School of Art and Design, added: “A vital part of our Fashion degree course is the transition between design, manufacture and commercial success. We aim to give students the skills to enter the competitive world of professional practice, and awards such as this really help to prepare our students for life after graduation.”


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For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)

or Nick Sandham, Marketing Manager on (01522) 895017.