Last night, Graduate Fashion Week came to a close with a spectacular gala at London’s Earls Court, attended by London’s fashion finest, including Sophie Ellis Bextor, Laura Bailey, Grace Woodward and BFC chair Harold Tilman.
Graduate Fashion Week, rather brilliantly, has a twist in its tail – the end gala is not just a massive blow-out, but also an awards ceremony which recognises the emerging design talent from across the UK’s universities with an awesome £20,000 in cold hard cash, to help the winner establish their name on the international fashion circuit. This year’s winner was Rory Longdon from Nottingham Trent University, who won for his incredible metallic knitted collection, and revealed that he was planning to use the prize money to fund his MA at the RCA. Congratulations Rory!
This year’s other winners are Marissa Owen from the University of Central Lancashire, who won the Womenswear award, and Felix Chabluk Smith from Edinburgh College of Art who won the Menswear prize.
Mulberry’s Emma Hill crowned Molly Ratcliff winner of the Accessories Award, presenting her with a £5000 prize sponsored by the good folks at Mulberry to help launch her career.
Well done everyone! Grazia Daily will be watching your names with interest…
- Alex Butt