Now in its 26th year, Graduate Fashion Week is a charity organisation founded in 1991 by Jeff Banks CBE, Vanessa Denza MBE and John Walford, Graduate Fashion Week was formed to unify both UK and International universities and to also create a stronghold for the creative industries.
Work of over 1,000 of the best students from the most influential and inspiring universities around the world showcase their work. 22 catwalk shows are featured in this annual event, 40 universities exhibit their work with a Gala Award show and live talks and workshops schedule that features leading fashion industry names.
An excellent platform for new talent, Graduate Fashion Week is responsible for launching the careers of some of the most successful designers including Christopher Bailey MBE, who was the winner of the first ever Graduate Fashion Week Gold Award, Stella McCartney, Giles Deacon, Matthew Williamson and Julien Macdonald and bridges the gap between graduation and employment.
The winner of the Christopher Bailey Gold Award and the Hilary Alexander Trailblazer award was Halina North, from Edinburgh College of Art. Halina won £10,000 and her university, Edinburgh College of Art has won £2000.
Edinburgh College of Art students Ruth Williams and Maddie Williams were awarded for visionary knitwear and catwalk textiles respectively, with the M&S Womenswear Prize going to another Edinburgh student Irene D’Antonio.
Daniel Rynne from the Arts University Bournemouth was awarded The Debenhams Menswear award and Laura Capello from Bath Spa University won The George Catwalk to Store award.