10apr04Fashion Show : Grand Sport Young Designer Contest #6
Brand : Grand Sport
Venue : Ballroom, Crystal Design Center
Date / Time : 27 April 2010 ,13.30

Grand Sport’s 6th Annual Young Designer Contest
Reaches Final Round Where 12 Finalists Vying for Top Prizes
On April 27, 2010 at Crystal Design Center

For the sixth consecutive year, sporting products company Grand Sport has hosted an annual design contest with the goal of providing young local talent with a creative platform as well as the real-world training they need to break into the sports-apparel industry. The 6th Grand Sport Young Designer Contest has reached the final round of competition, with 12 finalists out of more than 300 contestants vying for the top prize. Results are slated to be announced today at an event featuring an exhibition and a fashion show of the finalists’ entries, at Crystal Design Center, by Ramintra-Ajnarong Expressway.

Thiti Pluckchaoom, Grand Sport Group Co., Ltd., general director and chairman of the contest’s organizing committee, says that the company has hosted the contest every year since 2004 with the goal of providing local students with a platform for expressing their creativity through sports apparel design. In addition to helping young designers gain entry into the industry, the contest also helps promote public interest in sports-related activities, says Thiti.

“This year the organizing committee aims to promote ideas that can improve quality of life and lead to sustainable happiness,” says Grand Sport’s general director. “Of particular emphasis is a body-mind balance which can serve as protection against the influx of materialistic trends, so that individuals and society can move forward in a smart, happy and dignified way. We also want to raise pubic awareness of the health benefits of sports and exercise, so we chose ‘Body & Mind’ as the theme of the contest, with focus on designs that are both attractive and wearable in real life.”

Of the 313 entries sent in by students from around the country, the judges have selected 12 for the final competition, including six each for the women’s and men’s sports apparel categories.

6TH Grand Sport Young Designer Contest Finalists: Men’s Sports Apparel

Teerapat Mitvongsa Fashion Design major, Faculty of Art and Design, Rangsit University Entry: Spirit of Zen Sport: Aerobics

Agkarachai Deedphin Fashion and Textile major, School of Fine and Applied Arts, Bangkok University Entry: Yin Yang Sport: Bicycling

Ukrit Disdum Fashion and Textile Design major, School of Fine and Applied Arts, Bangkok University Entry: Disability Body into Mind Affect Sport: Golf

Suwanida Chongsuk Fashion and Textile Design major, School of Fine and Applied Arts, Bangkok University Entry: Body and Mind Together Sport: Tennis

Pongpat Pongsuriya Fashion and Textile Design major, School of Fine and Applied Arts, Bangkok University Entry: Praying Treats Our Bodies Sport: Racing

Chanchai Suwanchaya Textile Technology major, Faculty of Agro-Industry, Kasetsart University Entry: Sati (Mindfulness) Sport: Racing, WINNER

6TH Grand Sport Young Designer Contest Finalists: Women’s Sports Apparel

Apinya Phuthavorn Interactive and Multimedia Design major, College of Social Communication Innovation, Srinakarinwirote University. Entry: Fun For Firm Sport: Aerobics

Nathakit Panthueng Creative Arts major, Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts, Chulalongkorn University Entry: Mom’s Mind Child’s Body Sport: Yoga

Wilailuck Nak-arayaphan Fashion and Textile Design major, Faculty of Fine Arts, Srinakarinwirote University Entry: Parkour Sport: Parkour (X-treme sport)

Jaturong Kwanmuang Fashion and Textile Design student, School of Fine and Applied Arts, Bangkok University Entry: Sewing My Way Sport: Tennis

Chanit Sriarj Creative Arts major, Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts, Chulalongkorn University Entry: MaliSport: Golf, WINNER

Pawarut Saengseethong Fashion and Textile Design major, School of Fine and Applied Arts, Bangkok University Entry: Rhythm of Sport Sport: Marathon Running

Judging criteria for the competition include: Elements of design composition, creativity, harmony between concept and design, and practical use. Prizes are given for men’s and women’s categories, details as follows:

– Title winner will receive a trophy given by HRH Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana and 30,000 baht cash prize

– Runner-up will receive a trophy and 15,000 baht cash prize

– Four Award of Excellence winners will each receive a trophy and 10,000 baht cash prize

“Sports are accessible to all, and each of us can take part in different ways,” says Thiti. “Sports provide physical, mental, emotional and social benefits. This is why Grand Sport wants to encourage Thais to exercise regularly, in order to become physically and mentally fit and strong. And by choosing clothing that suits your gender, age and the sport you play, you can reduce the chance of injury and increase your performance while also looking attractive.”

Grand Sport Group is a manufacturer and marketer of sports apparel and equipment under its own brand name for more than 48 years. With continued emphasis on design and quality development, the company established its own research and development (R&D) department in 1985 and uses research data in every step of the product development and manufacturing processes. Thanks to the company’s focus on design, Grand Sport apparel is known for design variety and for meeting consumer needs.

The annual Grand Sport Young Designer Contest offers students from around the country the chance to showcase their talent in sports apparel design. The contest helps foster new talent for the sporting products industry and promotes the use of the right apparel for each sport and purpose. Contest finalists enroll in a 3-day, 2-night Camp for Life, which is designed to promote integrated learning of how sports connect with our ways of life, art, culture and environment.

Root for talented young designers and support them in their quest to take the sports apparel industry another step forward at the final round of the 6th Grand Sport Young Designer Contest.