Graduate Fashion Week: The world's leading event celebrating the creativity of students and graduates within fashion.
The event which is also deemed the future of creative design talent, saw the major success and recognition of Scottish students last Wednesday, with six of the ten major awards being given to graduates from Scottish Colleges and Universities. This kind of recognition is not only prestigious within the fashion industry but also acts as a promising glimpse into the futures of these creative stars. Previous winners of the Graduate Fashion Week include designers Stella McCartney, Matthew Williamson and Julien Macdonald just to name a few.
There are twenty-six different awards to be won, recognising a broad spectrum of fashion industry based talents such as fashion photography, childrenswear design, styling and creative direction with reputable sponsors such as Debhenams, Clarks and Tu. Perhaps the most prestigious award being given is the Christopher Bailey Gold Award, named after its first receiver (and now Chief Creative and Executive Officer of Burberry), which was taken home by Halina North, of Edinburgh College of Art.
The judges of the Gold Award said, "We've chosen our winner because it was a collection that has shown a great body of work, it had a great sense of creative development and is an interesting collection. It was experimental and had immediate impact during the show."
Halina’s collection highlighted the creativity and craftsmanship that the Award seeks to celebrate year after year. Winner Halina said, “I am over the moon, I cannot believe I won The Christopher Bailey Gold Award and Hilary Alexander Trailblazer Award. My collection is sustainable and that's what I endeavour to carry on in my future designs.”
Now in its 26th year, Graduate Fashion Week brings the latest innovative and exciting emerging talent to the world’s attention, showcasing the designers of tomorrow in a four-day event. Supported by 13 Global Ambassadors and four Lifetime Patrons including: Christopher Bailey MBE, Victoria Beckham OBE, Vivienne Westwood OBE RBI and Nick Knight OBE. Fellow attendees of the event included Henry Holland, Myleene Klass, Alisha Dixon, Gok Kwan, and more.
An unrivalled platform for the promotion of new talent, Graduate Fashion Week bridges the gap between graduation and employment. After receiving charitable status in 1994, the event is seen as a key promotor to the fashion industry as well as to the British economy, with the fashion industry supporting 797,000 jobs in the UK and contributing £26 billion per year.
Other Scottish winners included Maddie Williams and the Catwalk Textiles Award, Irene D’Antonia and the M&S Womenswear Award, Ruth Williams winning the Visionary Knitwear Award, (all from the Edinburgh College of Art) and Alannah Cooper winning the Fashion Photography Award from Heriot Watt University.
To date, Graduate Fashion Week is one of the world’s most important sources of new talent for the global design industry, and year after year the event propels student into the fashion business with the confidence, creative fuel and artistic energy they need to stand out. We would like to congratulate the winners on what was a huge evening for Scottish fashion students.