Lauren Holman, a second year BA (Hons) Costume with Performance Design student from The Arts University Bournemouth has been awarded the Dents Prize for the Most Commercial Design in the Worshipful Company of Glovers of London, 2012 Student Glove Design Competition.

The Worshipful Company of Glovers was formed in 1349 by glove makers in London who wished to protect the high standard of their craft. It now embraces the best qualities of a fine City institution with an active and enthusiastic membership. Its aim is two-fold: to promote the British glove trade and the wearing of gloves; and to raise money for charitable purposes. The Student Glove Design Competition is run annually to encourage practical and innovative glove design and an awareness of hand protection in an industrial environment.

Lauren, originally from Poole, created the design for a pair of gloves that reflect the iconic history of Chanel, taking into account Chanel’s classic tweed suit and quilted handbag. Lauren’s glove is made from “soft white leather with a quilted cuff complete with a stylish slit at the side, black leather edging and finished with an elegant little black bow at the wrist.” Lauren continued “My glove reflects the great work of a woman who revolutionised women’s fashion forever when she founded Chanel.”

Laura Notman, Product Developer for Dents commented “Lauren’s design was selected as the Most Commercial Design due to the elegant, timeless design with the modern detailing of the contrast piping and quilted cuff.  This classic yet effective design met the brief perfectly and can easily be manufactured for the high street in a wide variety of colour options.”

The design had to include clear and detailed technical drawings showing how the glove would be manufactured, alongside samples and swatches of leather and fabric that the glove would be made out of. Lauren received a cheque for £500 along with a work’s experience at Dents, the renowned specialist glove store. She commented “Winning the award came as a complete shock, I was absolutely ecstatic! My main focus for the future now is to continue being creative as designing is my passion.”

Lauren will be awarded her prize at the Prizegiving Ceremony taking place in a City of London Livery Hall in July. For more information on the Worshipful Company of Glovers, please visit www.thegloverscompany.org