This year’s Graduate Fashion Week drew to a close last night, with the Gala Awards celebrating the fashion talent of tomorrow.
The prestigious Christopher Bailey Gold Award was presented to Halina North of Edinburgh College of Art for her womenswear collection, with judges praising her strong catwalk input and originality, excellent craftsmanship and creativity. North also scooped the Hilary Alexander Trailblazer Award.
The M&S Womenswear Award was presented to Irene D’Antonio, Edinburgh College of Art, for her combination of technique, sophisticated execution and self-expressive designs.
The Visionary Knitwear Award was presented to Ruth Williams, Edinburgh College of Art, as Williams took knitwear beyond the confines of expectations, and her imagery was exciting, seductive and modern.
The Catwalk Textiles Award went to Maddie Williams, Edinburgh College of Art, for her well-crafted collection and technical skill.
The George Catwalk to Store Award went to Laura Capello, Bath Spa University. Her womenswear collection showed impeccable attention to detail and original thinking, while strong tailoring was finished with exquisite beading and embellishment.
The Bonmarché Fashion For All Award went to Caroline Bowden of University of Central Lancashire for her understanding of taking a concept through the delivery for a multi-channel environment, with her idea gaining praise for being innovative and unique whilst also commercial.
The Mothercare Childrenswear Award went to Catherine Watts of University of Salford for her original and imaginative designs celebrating the whimsical nostalgia of the travelling world.
The Clarks Footwear Award was awarded to Megan Davies of University of South Wales for her multi-level sustainability elements and her wearable and current designs.
The TU at Sainsbury’s Womenswear Scholarship went to Laura Gillings of Bath Spa University for her great creativity, relevancy and innovation.
The Debenhams Menswear Award was presented to Daniel Rynne of Arts University Bournemouth for his thorough concept and research, attention to detail and real understanding of menswear.
The Tu at Sainsbury’s Menswear Scholarship was awarded to Amy Vonderwel of Nottingham Trent University for her passionate design, driven personality and understanding of retail.
The Boohoo Social Media Award went to Nathalie Clarkson from Ravensbourne.
Martyn Roberts, managing director of Graduate Fashion Week says: “Graduate Fashion Week 2017 was a huge success. We saw so many graduates being offered jobs. We’ve seen so many companies come here, work with them and help them on their way. When you see the show and you see the talent, you’ll realise the future is exciting and there’s so much potential.”
Graduate Fashion Week is the largest platform in the world for new BA fashion talent, highlighting the freshest upcoming stars in design, creative direction, marketing, communication, photography, illustration and all aspects of the modern business of fashion. For more information visit www.graduatefashionweek.com