Graduation Fashion Week (GFW) which supports and promotes new talents of the fashion industry turned 26 this year. The international catwalk competition celebrated the talent of tomorrow just last week. Sarah Harris, Fashion Feature Director of British Vogue, Angela Missoni, Creative Director of Missoni and Fabio Piras, Course Director of Central Saint Martin (MA Fashion Course) were among the big fashion names who judged the GFW Gala Awards Show. Christopher Bailey, Dame Vivienne Westwood, Nick Knight and Victoria Beckham were announced as lifetime patrons of GFW this year.
The main prize “Christopher Bailey Gold Award” was bagged by Halina North (Edinburgh College of Art) for her womenswear collection made from recycled paper and plastic. Her sustainable approach helped her to win the “Hilary Alexander Trailblazer Award in partnership with Swarovski” as well. Other winners from Edinburgh College of Art were Irene D’Antonio for “M&S Womenswear Award”, Ruth Williams for “Visionary Knitwear Award” and Maddie Williams for “Catwalk Textiles Award”.
Graduates Amy Vanderwel (Nottingham Trent University) and Laura Gillings (Bath Spa University) swept the awards for “TU Scholarship Menswear and Womenswear” respectively. Catherine Watts (University of Salford) took home two awards for “Sust+Ethical Award” and “Mothercare Childrenswear Award”. Apart from these, 19 other awards were scooped up by the most inspiring and influential winners from different universities around the world.
This year, GFW hosted the creations of 1500 students from 68 fashion schools through 460 catwalk shows, while only 25 shortlisted students got the opportunity to showcase their collection during the week. The annual fashion event took place from 4th to 7th June 2017 at the Truman Brewery, London. See all the winners and their collections here.
By Princika Baniya