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Graduate Fashion Week Awards 2017

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We recently covered the various awards that were on offer for students at Graduate Fashion Week this year, as well as the benefits of winning one (which range from mentorship through to financial support). The list of very worthy winners is below.

Christopher Bailey Gold Award: Halina North of Edinburgh College of Art

Christopher Bailey Gold Award: Halina North of Edinburgh College of Art

Originality, creativity and workmanship won Halina North her Christopher Bailey Gold Award gong with judges praising the creative development and impact of the collection. Halina’s sustainable collection impressed all round and the award means she follows in the footsteps of the likes of Palmer Harding and Ryan Lo.

Hilary Alexander Trailblazer Award in partnership with Swarovski: Halina North of Edinburgh College of Art

 Hilary Alexander Trailblazer Award in partnership with Swarovski: Halina North of Edinburgh College of Art

Halina also picked up the inaugural Hilary Alexander Trailblazer Award. A collection made of biodegradable paper created a fascinating link between historical references and fabric futures in terms of sustainability.

Debenhams Menswear Award: Daniel Rynne of Arts University Bournemouth

Debenhams Menswear Award: Daniel Rynne of Arts University Bournemouth

Judges including John Rocha and model Paul Sculfor chose Daniel’s collection for this award because it showed a genuine understanding of menswear.

M&S Womenswear Award: Irene D'Antonio of Edinburgh College of Art

M&S Womenswear Award: Irene D'Antonio of Edinburgh College of Art

Irene’s collection was chosen for its expressive design and sophisticated execution. Judge Queralt Ferrer said, " Irene’s collection is a great example of creativity and talent combined. She has already established an eloquent signature in her design process. It's what you'd expect from a fashion house and it really reflects her talent and her understanding of the award and the fashion industry."

Visionary Knitwear Award: Ruth Williams of Edinburgh College of Art

Visionary Knitwear Award: Ruth Williams of Edinburgh College of Art

When it comes to awards for knitwear it’s normally all about innovation and advanced creativity, exactly what the judges found in Ruth Williams' designs. Her work was described as having a very clear vision and exciting imagery.

Catwalk Textiles Award: Maddie Williams of Edinburgh College of Art

 Catwalk Textiles Award: Maddie Williams of Edinburgh College of Art

Technical skill brought Maddie Williams to the attention of the judges – in particular the skilful way in which she deconstructed existing textiles and reworked them in to new fabric.

George Catwalk to Store Award: Laura Capello of Bath Spa University

George Catwalk to Store Award: Laura Capello of Bath Spa University

It was attention to detail and original thinking that made Laura Capello’s work stand out to the judges of the George Catwalk to Store Award. Bold tailoring, combined with intricate embellishment and beading proved to be a winner.

Bonmarché Fashion For All Award: Caroline Bowden of University of Central Lancashire

Bonmarché Fashion For All Award: Caroline Bowden of University of Central Lancashire

Innovation and creativity, combined with a true sense of commerciality made Caroline’s collection an award winner for the judges of the Bonmarché Fashion For All Award. 

Mothercare Childrenswear Award: Catherine Watts of University of Salford

Mothercare Childrenswear Award: Catherine Watts of University of Salford

The judges felt that Catherine’s collection combined the whimsical nostalgia of travelling with original and imaginative design. She said of her work, “I see my future in the fashion industry I see as fun, bright, loud and energetic. I'm just working hard and playing hard.”

Clarks Footwear Award: Megan Davies of University of South Wales

Clarks Footwear Award: Megan Davies of University of South Wales

The elements of sustainability in Megan Davis’ work, combined with wearable, cutting edge design made this student designer stand out as a winner of the Clarks Footwear Award.

TU at Sainsbury’s Womenswear Scholarship: Laura Gillings of Bath Spa University

TU at Sainsbury’s Womenswear Scholarship: Laura Gillings of Bath Spa University

Laura’s work caught the attention of judge Henry Holland for its innovative and relevant aesthetic. Laura will now work with Henry on progressing her collection. He said, “We're going to try and evolve Laura's collection ever so slightly to make it more commercial for in-stores and we're going to try and evolve it in a way that stays true to Laura's aesthetic and stays true to her handwriting.”

Tu at Sainsbury’s Menswear Scholarship: Amy Vonderwel of Nottingham Trent University

Tu at Sainsbury’s Menswear Scholarship: Amy Vonderwel of Nottingham Trent University

Amy won the Tu at Sainsbury’s Menswear Scholarship not just for the skilful creativity of her designs but also the understanding she showed of retail and the versatility of her portfolio.

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