Tilman to host Texprint Chairman?s Prize
Jaeger boss Harold Tillman is to host the Texprint 2006 Chairman's Prize for the first time on Monday, as the retailer scouts for design inspiration from up and coming textile talent.

All prize finalists have been recognised for their work with textiles in print, mixed media, weave, knit and stitch.

Jaeger womenswear design director Sandy Verdon said: 'We are constantly looking for original ideas and these students are of paramount importance to Jaeger. Texprint gives us a unique opportunity to support and expose the incredible talent that's coming through the colleges.'

Tillman added: 'It's a pleasure to present this award and support such an important sector of the industry with which Jaeger continues to enjoy a long association.'

Texprint is a non-profit making charity that aims to raise the profile of textile designers and encourage links between textile design graduates and the industry.

Twenty four graduates have won places to represent Texprint 2006 and show their work at the First View exhibition, held at the Chelsea College of Art and Design and Indigo, the specialist international textile design fair in Paris.

The finalists were initially nominated by their own art schools and subsequently selected by panels of professionals.