SOURCE: Lectra


November 03, 2010 12:17 ET

Lectra Awards Design Faculty and Graduate Students at ITAA Annual Conference

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - November 3, 2010) -  Lectra, the world leader in integrated technology solutions dedicated to industries using soft materials -- textiles, leather, industrial fabrics and composite materials -- is pleased to announce its continued support for educational programs that promote technology in the apparel industry through its participation in the 2010 International Textile and Apparel Association's (ITAA) Annual Conference, recently held from October 27 - 30 in Montreal, Canada.

The ITAA conference gathers hundreds of scholars, educators, and students in the textile, apparel, and merchandising disciplines in higher education. In conjunction with the conference, Lectra and the premier fashion school in Canada, Cégep Marie-Victorin also hosted a hands-on workshop for attendees. The workshop, held at Cégep Marie-Victorin's state-of-the-art facility, explored the apparel development processes and allowed attendees to interact with technology solutions that can streamline the apparel creation process. Attendees were presented with a real-life adaptation of these solutions in the academic set-up from Cégep Marie-Victorin.

In addition to showcasing its leading professional textile and fashion design platform, Kaledo®, its benchmark pattern-making solution specifically designed for the fashion market Modaris®, as well as, Modaris 3D Fit, the highest performance virtual 3D prototyping solution on the market at the show, Lectra sponsored five awards for faculty and graduate students.

According to Roy Shurling, President of Lectra North America, "Over 800 schools worldwide have adopted Lectra's solutions. We are proud to be standard for both fashion designers and students looking to fulfill the changing skills requirements within the industry. Through our corporate membership with ITAA, Lectra continues to show our commitment to the educational community and the industry's next generation of fashion professionals. Further, we are pleased to honor such talented teachers and students."

And the Winners are...

Lectra Graduate Student Award for Use of Technology

Kristen Morris, Casey Stannard, and Juyeon Park of Colorado State University were honored for their "Pupa Butterfly" project where they designed women's clothing in the transitional life stage from pregnancy to motherhood and beyond.

Lectra Outstanding Graduate Student Designer Award

Sandra Starkey from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln was selected for her research project titled "Minimize: Garment Design and Research." Fabric conservation and versatility guide the design process for a distinctly geometric garment appropriately entitled "Minimize." Inspiration is derived from a research-centered approach based on minimal fabric waste and utility.

Lectra Innovation Award for Faculty Research

Lucy E. Dunne from the University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN was selected for her study on "Joint Sensing in Everyday Clothing: Analysis of Garment Ease and Signal Noise in a Garment-Integrated Optical Bend Sensor." In her study, she performed an initial investigation into the effects of a significant factor related to garment comfort (wearing ease) on the signal response of a garment-integrated optical bend sensor used to detect movement of the knee. The results of this study are compared to an earlier study (Dunne, 2007) examining the same sensor used to measure movement of the spine in garments with increasing amounts of wearing ease.

Lectra Innovation Award for Teaching

"Click-Link-In Sync: Communication Patterns of Multinational Virtual Learning Teams" by Bertha Jacobs and Amukelani Muthambi from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, Elena Karpova from Iowa State University, and Arnold Andrew, RMIT University, Australia were the winners of the Innovation Award for Teaching. This study explored the dynamic nature of communication patterns in multinational VLTs to understand the role in team outcomes (performance and overall satisfaction with the project). This study successfully analyzed student communication patterns in an innovative project that involved VLTs and brought together undergraduate apparel students from three countries.

Lectra Outstanding Faculty Designer Award

"Growing Breathing Shibor" by Rose Chiu and Kinor Jiang from Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Diane Sparks from Colorado State University were selected for the Outstanding Faculty Designer Award. The designers created a textile art piece that expressed the beginning of life from the primordial ooze phase, using shibori technique to simulate bubbles forming in the sea water. This elegant evening dress was designed to be suitable for a black tie gala event or a red carpet occasion. Subtle shifts in color and extravagant texture were the main design elements used to create visual interest in this couture wearable art design.

About International Textile and Apparel Association's (ITAA)
The ITAA is a professional, educational association composed of scholars, educators, and students in the textile, apparel, and merchandising disciplines in higher education. ITAA welcomes professionals employed in those fields who wish to join with members of the Association in the pursuit of knowledge, interchange of ideas, and dissemination of knowledge through meetings, special events, and publications.

About Lectra
Lectra is the world leader in integrated technology solutions that automate, streamline and accelerate product design, development and manufacturing processes for industries using soft materials. Lectra develops the most advanced specialized software and cutting systems and provides associated services to a broad array of markets including fashion (apparel, accessories, footwear), automotive (car seats and interiors, airbags), furniture, as well as a wide variety of other market sectors, such as aeronautical and marine industries, wind power and personal protective equipment. Lectra serves 23,000 customers in more than 100 countries with 1,400 employees and $214 million in 2009 revenues. The company is listed on Euronext Paris.

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