Graduate Fashion Week – 2018

Graduate Fashion Week (GFW) 2018, was every bit exciting, rebellious and innovative. Packed with lots of personality and attitude, there were over 36 leading universities showing their collections and the creativity on show was immense.

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The shows displayed a mixture of fun brightly coloured neon garments, for both men and women in yellow, pink and blue. Outerwear, bags and shoes used PVC and vinyl materials. Also shown were many stripes, geometric designs and transparent materials in classic and contemporary styles.

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GFW is such an important showcase for students and the fashion industry. Its where upcoming talent can get scouted by experts. It’s also a vital opportunity to push forward fresh talent into the industry.

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The four days of showing collections ended with a Gala Award show.

Some of the winners were:

Christopher Bailey Gold Award
Winner: Rebecca Wilson, Arts University Bournemouth
Runner up: Aurélie Fontan, Edinburgh College of Art

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Rebecca received £10,000 for herself and her university received £2,000.

M&S Womenswear Award
Winner: Aurélie Fontan, Edinburgh College of Art
Runner up: Chantelle Guan, Ravenbourne

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Debenhams Menswear Award
Winner: Hannah Gibbons, University of Brighton
Runner Up: Enki Allan, Kingston University

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Visionary Knitwear Award
Joint Winner: Fraser Miller, De Montfort University
Jacaranda Brain, Nottingham Trent University
Runner up: Penny Gibbs, Northumbria University

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George Catwalk to Store
Winner: Louise Clark, Manchester School of Art

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Swarovski International Fashion Award
Winner: Danqi Chen, Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology
Runner up: Bao Wen Chen, Shih Chien University

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Tu Scholarship Womenswear
Winner: Jennifer Healy, Manchester School of Art

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Boux Avenue Lingerie Award
Winner: Daniella Jayes, De Montfort University
Runner up: Amelia Wilson, Northumbria University

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Considered Design Showcase Sponsored by Johnstons of Elgin
Winner: Saskia Lenaerts, Kingston University
Runner up: Aurelie Fontan, Edinburgh College of Art

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Judges 2018:

Christopher Bailey Gold Award

Diane Von Furstenberg, Founder / Designer, Diane Von Furstenberg
Christopher Raeburn, Creative Director, Christopher RÆBURN
Fabio Piras, MA Fashion Course Director, Central Saint Martins
Kevin Carrigan, Senior Vice President and Creative Director, Ralph Lauren
Gillian Wilkins, Fashion Director, Elle
Gena Smith, SVP, Head of Global Creative Recruitment, LVMH
Mandi Lennard, Fashion PR and Founder, Mandi’s Basement
Nathan Jenden, Chief Design Officer& VP Creative at DVF
Duvo Olowu, Senior Fashion Director at LOVE Magazine
Tim Blanks, Editor-At-Large, Business of Fashion

Catwalk Textiles Award

Polly Lennard, Founder and Textiles Expert, Selvedge Magazine
Lizzy Bowring, Catwalks Director, WGSN
Nigel Luck, Director of MA, Fashion Design and Technology, London College of Fashion

Debenhams Menswear Award

Steven Cook, Head of Fashion & Home, Debenhams
Alistair Waite, Senior Menswear Designer, Debenhams
Jim Chapman, Blogger, Jim Chapman
Sam Carder, Fashion Editor, Shortlist

George Catwalk To Store Award

Mary-Kate Campbell, Senior Buying Director, George
Tracey Lea Sawyer, Fashion Director, Fabulous
Zahra Rose, Influencer, Zahra Rose

 

More great images from Graduate Fashion Week 2018

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All images courtesy of Task PR

 

 

 

 

 

 

Graduate Fashion Week 2017

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.

Winners

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.

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Halina North accepting award. © Provided by Task PR
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Halina North with models wearing collection. © Provided by Task PR

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.

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Ruth Williams winning her award. © Provided by Task PR
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Maddie Williams winning her award. © Provided by Task PR
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Irene D’Antonio winning her award. © Provided by Task PR

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. 

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Daniel Rynne winning his award. © Provided by Task PR
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Laura Capello winning her award. © Provided by Task PR