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International fashion design student makes his mark in Hong Kong

Knitwear Symphony, also known as the Hong Kong Young Knitwear Designers’ Contest, is now in its eighth year running and continues to grow and attract new talent.

Nick Kwok - Shima Seiki Award winner
Nick Kwok (middle) accepting the Shima Seiki Award

Organised by the Knitwear Innovation and Design Society (KIDS), the annual competition aims to nurture the next generation of fashion knitwear designers in Hong Kong, and promote the country’s knitwear design and manufacturing capabilities. KIDS was established in 2008 to promote local knitwear culture and bring in new inspiration for the local fashion industry.

The event opened with a runway show of the Shima Seiki collection, demonstrating capabilities of their knitting machines and knitwear trends.

Nick Kwok, who is about to enrol on a one-year BA (Hons) Fashion Design top-up degree at Nottingham Trent University (NTU), impressed the judges with his unique design collection.

Previously from Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI), he will continue his studies on the joint programme offered by NTU and the School for Higher and Professional Education (SHAPE).

Out of the ten finalists, Nick was crowned winner of the Shima Seiki award, securing a one-week internship at Shima Seiki’s head office in Wakayama, Japan, including round-trip tickets, meals, and accommodation.

Gilly Staples, Principal Lecturer for BA (Hons) Fashion Design commented: “HKDI is an asset to our course. This has been a great success for Nick, and I have no doubt that he will excel on our top-up course.”

Published on 18 September 2018
  • Subject area: Art and design
  • Category: Current students; School of Art & Design