Six students will showcase work at 100% Optical as part of a ‘Celebration of Vision’ design competition run in partnership with the Royal College of Art to celebrate the show’s landmark 5th anniversary.

The competition winner will be judged and announced during the leading optical event which takes place between 27-29 January 2018 in the UK capital and is set to attract 8,000 visitors.

Ahead of the final, prototypes of the shortlisted designs will be manufactured ready to be displayed in the entrance to the Eyewear Hall at 100% Optical.

Students were asked to respond to the theme of “celebration” using the medium of eyewear. The 14 entries were narrowed down by a judging panel of designers, lecturers and eyewear gurus including Walter Berwick, Lawrence Jenkin, Charlie Ingham and Flora McLean.

Event director Nathan Garnett said, “Due to the anniversary and celebratory nature of this project it’s been a very exciting competition to judge so far and I’d like to congratulate our shortlisted candidates and wish them luck in the final.

“We really hope the competition helps kick-start their eyewear fashion careers like it’s done for so many of our previous entrants.”

The competition has historically bred success stories, with students going on to develop their own eyewear lines and invaluable internships.

Last year's competition winner Becky Hong said “After winning the competition, I gained a large amount of connections within this field and also more knowledge based around the optical industry. I got a chance to learn from scratch and work with Cubitts bespoke eyewear company over summer for a special project. These amazing experiences have given me ideas to build into my plans for the future.”

As part of the brief, students worked with Mazzuchelli and Laes, who provided acetate for the construction of frames, while Tom Broughton from Cubitts ran a masterclass in frame-making. Students were expected to scrutinise the process of creating eyewear, be it protective or to enhance vision. Students were also required to investigate and respond to systems, forms and scientific optical instruments, as well as advanced lens technology.

The six finalists are:

• Clara Chu, Womenswear – Accessories, Year 1
• Andrew Bell, Womenswear – Fashion, Year 1
• Julia-Kirstin Haus, Womenswear – Fashion, Year 1
• Carol Muthiga-Oyekunle, Womenswear – Accessories, Year 1
• Becky Hong, Womenswear – Fashion, Year 2
• Ely Cao, Womenswear – Accessories, Year 1


Clara Chu

Andrew Bell

Julia-Kirstin Haus

Carol Muthiga-Oyekunle

Becky Hong

Ely Cao


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