Last night Graduate Fashion Week 2014 came to a close with an awards show honoring the fashion stars of the future. It was a full sweep for the girls. The coveted Best Womenswear prize went to Bath Spa University graduate Grace Weller. The 21-year-old was the star of the night as she also scooped The George Gold Award. She said, “I’m overwhelmed and so happy. I’m completely pinching myself. I’ve always wanted to be a designer so I can’t believe I’ve won two awards today. I’m already looking forward to translating my collection for George. It will be great to redesign it for a wider audience and see the pieces from a new angle, keeping the collection unique to my own style.”
Double winner – Grace Weller
Other winners on the night included Nottingham Trent University’s Aimee Dunn, 21, who won the Menswear Award, whilst 21-year-old Rebecca Swann, also of Nottingham Trent University, collected the Stuart Peters Visionary Knitwear Award. Manchester School of Art’s Camilla Grimes, 21, picked up the Creative Catwalk Award.
This year’s judging panel included designers Peter Pilotto and Louise Gray, Milliner Philip Treacy OBE, Sarah Mower MBE and design duo Agi and Sam.
The annual four-day event was once again held at The Old Truman Brewery and saw over 30,000 visitors pass through it’s doors. The event has gone from strength to strength and regularly attracts the odd celebrity – no doubt on the hunt for fab wardrobe options from fresh talent. Now in it’s 23rd year the charity’s main aim is to bridge the gap between graduation and employment. Martyn Roberts, Director of Graduate Fashion Week explained, “Graduate Fashion Week celebrates creativity and encourages individuality, giving passionate and ambitious students the opportunity to showcase their talent in front of industry heavyweights and fashion fans year after year. The charity has helped thousands of graduates find employment over the past 23 years and we look forward to working with this new set of talented designers to shape the future of fashion.”
The work of over 1000 graduates was showcased over the 4 days with 42 universities taking part and an astounding 21 catwalk exhibitions. Roll on 2015!
By: Huna @ihunnamatata