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Graduate Fashion Week Gala 2011

Graduate Fashion Week came to an end last night with its Gala Show that saw Rory Longdon from Notting Trent University (above) scoop the Gold Award and £20,000 prize presented by Amanda Wakeley, Patrick Grant (Norton & Sons/E.Tautz), Lucy Yeomans (Harpers Bazaar) and Fiona Lambert (George).

“Rory took a bold yet simple idea and translated it into a stunning collection that was instantly wearable. It was cohesive and immaculately constructed with outstanding craftsmanship.” – Judging Panel

Guests on the night included Laura Bailey, Emma Hill (Mulberry), Sophie Ellis Bextor, Barbara Hulanicki, Jonathan Kelsey, Caryn Franklin, Jeff Banks and Harold Tillman.

We’re also pleased to announce that two of our very own interns scooped the Media & Design Award for their cutting-edge print magazine ‘Gwan!’.

19 graduate designers from across the UK and internationally took to the stage with other awards being presented for the following:

Womenswear Award | Marissa Owen | University of Central Lancashire

“An intelligent concept that was playful, exuberant and beautifully executed in vibrant colours and print

Menswear Award | Felix Chabluk | Edinburgh College of Art

“The winner was chosen because of their clever use of historic patterns, rewritten with a romantic narrative and a modern execution and excellent construction.“

Zandra Rhodes Catwalk Textiles Award | Dominique Kral | Northbrook College

“A beautiful balance between prints, textures and colours resulting in a contemporary collection”

Stuart Peters Visionary Knitwear Award | Wonjee Chung | Nottingham Trent University

“Wonjee’s collection encompassed innovation together with a sense of commerciality, excitement and considered technical ability.”

International Award | Christina Economu | Marangoni Paris

“Christina produced an accomplished collection of separates that have created a balanced look of harmonised mixed up prints with a touch of traditional finesse.”

Hammerson Fashion Innovation Award | Parsha Gerayesh | University of Westminster

“The judges agreed that Parsha’s work was a truly innovative and complete reinvention of the process of cutting and pattern analysis – an execution that was inspired, intriguing and described by one of the judges as the ‘Brian Eno of fashion.”

Mulberry Accessories Award | Molly Ratcliff | Northumbria University

The Winner was chosen “for her amazing illustrations, her professionalism and gotta-have-it clutch bags!”

David Band Textiles Award | Sarika Pancholli | De Montfort University

“From research to conclusion Sarika used her own personality and understanding of textiles to a great degree.”

Lifeline IT Media & Design Award | Sofia Sabados & Lauren Brown | UCA Epsom

The judges were struck by Lauren and Sophia’s enthusiasm for fashion and photography: Live, Life, Bright, Gwan!”

Catwalk Image: catwalking.com

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