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Six students have been shortlisted for the 100% Optical eyewear design competition in partnership with the Royal College of Art.

The designs will be be created as advanced prototypes by judge and designer Tom Broughton and ready to be revealed at 100% Optical 2017 in London to its 8,000 visitors on 4-6 February 2017.

Twenty six entries were submitted from fashion and textiles students responding to a brief called ‘Visionary’. Students were challenged to design a pair of glasses while considering how the wearer is influenced by their frames and how they change the way they see AND are seen.

Students produced a prototype and presented a portfolio with research behind the design. Six finalists were narrowed down by a judging panel of renowned fashion, eyewear and frame designers including Tom Broughton, Flora McClean, Lawrence Jenkin, Jason Kirk and Walter Berwick.

Competition judge, Jason Kirk from Kirk & Kirk said: “The brief was all about creating something interesting for a specific person or environment, with originality but also practicality. Every year the quality of entrants is absolutely amazing and this year was no exception.”

“The brief made students think in a different type of way. It’s been very fun shortlisting the entries and we’ve got to try on some really wacky styles made from interesting materials,” added competition judge and Cubitts founder & designer, Tom Broughton.

Visitors can view the designs and meet the students in the Eyewear Hall on stand E100. The judging panel is set to announce the overall winner live at 100% Optical on the Fashion Hub stage. The winning student will receive £500 and an internship with a renowned eyewear company.

Nathan Garnett, event director for 100% Optical, said: “I’d like to congratulate all the students who entered the competition. We’re thrilled to create this platform at 100% Optical to help students showcase their work, introduce them to optical professionals and ultimately help them to kick start their fashion careers within eyewear.”

Visitors can register for free online now at www.100percentoptical.com. Offers with London hotels and restaurants will be available for all visitors and exhibitors.

The six finalists are:

Tabitha Ringwood

1st Year – Womenswear – Footwear 

Project Title: Out With Our Rose

 

Louis Alderson-Bythell

2nd Year – Womenswear – Fashion 

Project Name: The Positive Hacker 

 

Annie Foo

1st Year – Womenswear – Footwear 

Project Title: Play – An Eyewear

 

Alice Potts

1st Year – Womenswear – Accessories 

Project Name: Interlockable 

 

Hazel Stark

2nd Year – Textiles – Print 

Project Title: Optics for Jonathan Meades 

 

Becky Hong

1st Year – Millinery 

Project Name: My Tribe  

 

Tabitha Ringwood

Annie Foo

Hazel Stark

Louis Alderson-Bythell

Alice Potts

Becky Hong