CSI Color Award 2012 – Winner Announced

CSI Color Award 2012 – Winner Announced

The Society of Dyers and Colourists (SDC) announced that Alice Howard-Graham, from University for the Creative Arts (UCA), Farnham, UK, is the winner of the CSI Color Award 2012. Alice wins £500, the CSI Color Award 2012 and a trip to Hong Kong to receive her award at a prestigious SDC event later this year.
The competition is sponsored by Color Solutions International (CSI).
Alice graduated in July this year with a first class BA (Hons) in Printed Textiles for Fashion and Interiors. She commented: “I am so happy to have been awarded the CSI Color Award 2012. The other finalists’ entries were great and showed fantastic use of color and design, I feel privileged to be among them! I am ecstatic to be flying to Hong Kong for the awards ceremony! I have never been before and am sure it will be a brilliant and inspiring trip. I think it is extremely important for young designers to take part in competitions and other live projects during, or after, university – thank you so much to SDC and CSI for this opportunity”.Alice’s entry was entitled ‘Industrial Constructions‘. The judges commented: “Alice’s entry was well executed, with great connection between history, architecture, art and design, and a modern, clean palette of strongly contrasting hues. Her design was wonderfully original”.

The brief asked the students to design a trend card for Spring/Summer 2013 using CSI Color Search, with their color theme and CSI color palette clearly shown. The competition was open to undergraduate fashion and textile design students globally, and attracted huge interest, with over 230 students registering from countries including India, Australia, USA, Ireland, Singapore and the UK.

Second place in the competition went to Michael Power, a Fashion Design student at the National College of Art and Design (NCAD), Dublin, Ireland. With an entry entitled ‘Optical Pop’, Michael impressed the judges with his ‘thorough research, bold presentation and strong colors’. Michael commented: “to be recognised in such an esteemed international competition means a lot. It has boosted my confidence in my own ability and will allow me to interact with the industry in a more positive and assured way. I enjoyed the design process immensely and am very grateful to the SDC and all those involved”.

Third place was awarded to Anh Nguyen Phan Ha, a level 2 Fashion Textiles student from Lasalle College of the Arts in Singapore. Her entry was entitled ‘Exquisitely Bold’, and the judges commented “the color palette is daring, elegant and perfectly in balance, and her inspiration is youthful and fresh. She has connected the past to the future to create something very new”. Anh commented: “my design philosophy is to use personal preferences and build up visual concepts intensely through colors, in which I hope to give the audience unique experiences. As an aspiring textile designer, the CSI Color Award is truly a wonderful opportunity for me to challenge myself as well as showcasing my work and gaining recognition. Many thanks and appreciations to the CSI team for holding such a valuable competition for students. I’m looking forward to the next event.”


The competition was judged by an international panel including: 

  • Albena Radeva, based at Color Solutions International in the USA, Albena has spent the last five years working as a Trend Colorist.
  • Nicole Van Der Elst, a graduate from the Amsterdam Fashion Institute, is working with the DyStar group as Global Brand & Retailer Communication Manager
  • John Easton, Ecology Services Manager at DyStar, Chair of the Society’s Publications Committee and a member of the SDC Trustee Board.

All the top ten entries in the competition can be viewed in an online gallery or on Facebook. Congratulations go to Alice, Michael, Anh and all the students.


About Color Solutions International 
Color Solutions International, a division of DyStar, provides retailers and brands with a variety of flexible color options and services. Starting with the first design inspiration, through color selection and then to the final product in the store, CSI’s expert staff provides fast, efficient and accurate process to respond quickly and effectively to today’s retail market. CSI is part of DyStar Textile Services (DTS) that, in addition, offers textile and ecology testing through Texanlab and ecology and environmental solutions and advice through its Ecology Solutions team. DTS also provides Sustainable Textile Service programs which are specifically developed to assist brands and retailers and their industry partners audit their supply chain and recommend RSL compliant sustainable solutions for improvement.


About DyStar 
DyStar, with a heritage of over 100 years of both product and application innovation, was founded in 1995 as a coloration specialist for the textile and leather industries. Since then, the company has transformed itself into a solution provider, offering customers a complete range of colorants, auxiliaries and services. The DyStar Group has offices, competence centers, agencies and production plants in over 50 countries to ensure expertise is both global and local for brands and retailers, mills and dye houses.
With a focus on sustainability and eco compliance, DyStar’s team of well-trained staff and modern service labs in major markets ensure that customers worldwide receive fast and expert technical assistance and advice to reduce costs, shorten lead times and meet stringent quality and ecological specifications.


About Society of Dyers and Colourists 
SDC is the world’s leading independent, educational charity dedicated to advancing the science and technology of color. The organisation recently celebrated its 125th anniversary. Our mission is to communicate the science of color in a changing world.

We do this by:

  • Placing education at the heart of all our operations
  • Providing information and expertise in the fields of color and the science of coloration
  • Promoting good ethical and environmental working practice within the textile and coloration supply chain
  • Acting as an advocate for the textile and coloration supply chain to promote SDC, good practice and raise the profile of the sector
  • Increasing the reach of SDC to deliver the core message to a wider constituency globally.

We are a global organisation. With our Head Office and trading company based in Bradford, UK, we have a network of UK regions. In India we have an office in Mumbai and regions in Hong Kong, Pakistan and China. Our events, activities and training extend to Bangladesh, Mauritius, Singapore, Taiwan, Turkey, Vietnam and beyond. SDC was established in 1884 and became a registered educational charity in 1962. SDC was granted a Royal Charter in 1963 and is the only organisation in the world that can award the Chartered Colorist status, which remains the pinnacle of achievement for coloration professionals.

Color Solutions International is the leading provider of color standards and color communication tools. Find out what CSI can do for you.