30th April 2004




It will be hats off to Fashion Design students at the University of Lincoln next week.


The winners of the university’s annual hat designing competition will be announced on Tuesday 4th May at Thomas Parker House.


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


The award was established by successful international business empire Felicity Hat Hire in 2001.


Founder Felicity Draper and Managing Director Jeff Draper will present the prizes to the two winning students.


As part of the prize the winners get to go on a one-week work placement at Dyonni Designs of York. 


The winners will also receive a trophy and a certificate.


 “Millinery is included in our programme of study to offer students wider opportunity for employment or business enterprise,” said Kathy Gaul, lecturer in Fashion Studies.


“The production of millinery is a lucrative business and practitioners can charge as much for a hat as for an outfit.


“They can be produced in a matter of hours and it is very satisfying to create an item that is decorative, smart and always admired.”


The prize giving will take place at 1.30pm on Tuesday 4th May at the university’s Fashion Department at Thomas Parker House on Silver Street.    


For more information contact:

Lindsey Bird, Assistant Press Officer

01522 886244                         lbird@lincoln.ac.uk

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