Matthew Williamson by Ruth Joyce
Twelve hundred students descend on Earls Court Two for Graduate Fashion Week every year. About a quarter of them get the opportunity to showcase their collections during one of the 16 fashion shows that are held over four days. In a dramatic climax – the Gala Awards show – 10 students are selected to present their work for a second time in the hope of receiving the coveted Gold Award.
All photography by Matt Bramford
So, like the fashion industry itself, chances of making it are pretty slim. 10 incredible collections graced the catwalk in the finale and I honestly couldn’t pick a winner – celebrity judges like Matthew Williamson and Julien Macdonald commented on the incredible standard exhibited of not only those who had been selected as a Gold Award nominee, but every college.
Julien Macdonald by Claire Kearns
Here’s a photographic whistle-stop tour of the awards ceremony:
Yvonne Kwok – Amsterdam Fashion Institute
Zhu Liyuanzi – Istituto Marangoni Milan
WINNER: Karen Jessen – ESMOD Berlin, presented by Julien Macdonald, Sara Maino from Vogue Italia & Caroline Burstein from Browns.
STUART PETERS KNITWEAR AWARD
Emma Walsh – Nottingham Trent University
Jousianne Propp – Manchester Metropolitan University
Caitlin Charles Jones – Kingston University
Judges Ruth Chapman from Matches, Erica Peters from Stuart Peters and knitwear designer Mark Fast couldn’t decide, so Caitlin and Jousianne both scooped the award!
ZANDRA RHODES TEXTILES AWARD
Daisy Lowe by Ruth Joyce
Amelia Smith – Northumbria University
Dae-Byn Lee – Nottingham Trent University
Roz Lamkin – Manchester Metropolitan University
WINNER: Xiaoping Huang – UCLAN, presented by Daisy Lowe and Mary Katrantzou
BARCLAYS NEW BUSINESS AWARD
Holly Reid – UCLAN, presented by Tabitha Somerset-Webb (Project D) and Michelle Mone OBE
FASHION INNOVATION AWARD
Ami Collins – UCLAN, presented by Lorraine Candy of ELLE magazine and designer David Koma
MEDIA & DESIGN AWARD
Kerrie Donelly – UCA Epsom, presented by Fashion Editor-at-Large Melanie Rickey and ID magazine‘s Jefferson Hack (swoon)
STAND DESIGN AWARD
Edinburgh College of Art, presented by designer Fred Butler and Harvey Nichols‘ Yuri Nakamura
GEORGE BEST OF BRITISH AWARD
Susanna Yi – University of East London, presented by TV presenter Caroline Flack and ASDA fashion director Fiona Lambert
GEORGE CHILDRENSWEAR AWARD
Harriet Simons – Colchester, presented by singer Louise Redknapp and Fiona Lambert
MULBERRY ACCESSORIES AWARD
Laura Smallwood – Kingston University, presented by Mulberry‘s Tori Campbell
Sarah Murphy, Northumbria – presented by stylist Jocelyn Whipple and film producer/eco hero Livia Firth
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Legendary catwalk photographer Chris Moore, presented by designer Jeff Banks
Part Two, featuring the major players and the menswear, womenswear and Gold Award winners, coming soon…!
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