Graduate Fashion Week is always a hot-bed for talent and this year’s was no exception. Held at Earl’s Court, the 21st annual event showcased the work of over 1,000 young designers from across the UK. On Wednesday the show came to a triumphant close with the GFW Gala evening and awards ceremony.
The gala evening’s highest accolade was awarded to Chloe Jones from Bath Spa University. The up-and-coming designer’s unique pairing of sport wear with religious costume, embellished with beautiful appliqué really impressed judges Daphne Guinness , Suzy Menkes and Fiona Lambert of George. To find out more about Chloe’s collection, read our coverage of the Bath Spa University catwalk show.
Chosen for by judges Carolyn Massey (Lyle and Scott), Luke Day (Editor of GQ) and Matthew Murphy (B Store), Edinburgh College of Art graduate Riona Horrox was awarded the Menswear Award for her exciting collection that featured oversized collars and fur capes.
ZANDRA RHODES CATWALK TEXTILE AWARD
UCLAN University graduate Xiaoping Huang‘s exuberant jack-in-the-box inspired collection won the Zandra Rhodes Catwalk Textile Award.
STUART PETERS VISIONARY KNITWEAR AWARD
For their unique and refreshing approaches to contemporary knitwear design, Jousianne Propp from Manchester School of Art and Caitlin Charles Jones from Kingston University were presented with the Stuart Peters Visionary Knitwear Award.
With bold, bright colours and intricate detailing, the collection by Esmod Berlin graduate Karen Jessen was the well deserved winner of the International Award.
For more coverage of this year’s Graduate Fashion Week, follow our GFW12 thread on the ARTS THREAD blog.
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