Cara Fowles' winning design

Final year student Cara Fowles will represent Heriot-Watt in Japan after winning the top prize at the annual Shima Seiki competition.

The competition challenged students to use Shima Seiki technology to design a fashion or textile range, which showcased a balance of originality and commercial suitability.

It is the first time a student from Heriot-Watt has won the competition.

BA (Hons) Design for Textiles student Cara took home the top prize with her childrenswear collection, which used fairisle patterns to tell a Scottish fairy tale.

The prize is an all expenses paid trip to Shima Seiki’s main headquarters in Japan for specialist training. This will be followed by a further five days training at Shima Seiki’s European head office in Castle Donington.

Cara’s collection will be on display at the School of Textile and Design’s annual show on May 24 and 25.