For the last few of months, Stylist has been the host to Triumph’s Women in Making Competition, a celebration of female creativity and enterprise. We asked our readers to send in their ideas and tell us why their business is unique. And when we called, the women of the nation answered.
Triumph have been making lingerie since 1886 and launched this empowering campaign to find a 'new' maker and help her launch or further her creative business. From hand-crafted jewellery to homemade dog treats, the competition proved that the women of the UK were proud to showcase their entrepreneurial skills. With over 500 entries, the judging panel were faced with the unenviable task of choosing a winner among the incredible talent.
The list was finally narrowed down to 10 finalists and it was a big hats off to milliner Lizzie McQuade who was ultimately crowned Triumph’s Next Maker. Lizzie’s designs incorporate unlikely fabrics such as latex, pvc, wood and metal to create beautifully feminine pieces. From her small studio in London, she creates bespoke hats with a ‘quirky edge’ using couture artisan techniques, “I find that hats are such a unique fashion item; they can be classic and functional or as bold and fanciful as you dare go!” Lizzie currently works as a freelancer to support her millinery but hopes that her recent success will enable her to make her hats full time, “I want to expand my business until it becomes the only thing I do.”
Lizzie will receive a £10,000 bursary from Triumph to help launch her business as well as a year’s worth of mentoring from celebrity makers Paloma Faith, Gizzie Erskine, Roksanda Ilincic and Grace Woodward. A lover of millinery herself, for Grace Woodward, the decision to choose Lizzie was all in the detail, "when you are dazzled by a shining star you know about it and Lizzie McQuade is just that, a star in the making. She has the right mix of craft and creativity to be the perfect Triumph Maker, the vision to not only climb the creative peaks of the fashion industry but also the commercial vision to know what women want to wear right now and even in the future, I don't think it will be long until she is a destination name to visit."
Click here for more details of the competition.