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NTU scoops four top awards at Graduate Fashion Week 2014

Students from Fashion Design (collection and product routes), Fashion Knitwear Design, and Fashion Accessory Design have won four awards at this year's Graduate Fashion Week.

Aimee Dunn fashion designs
Winning work by Aimee Dunn

Students from Fashion Design (final year collection and product routes), Fashion Knitwear Design and Fashion Accessory Design have won four awards at this year's Graduate Fashion Week.

The students were selected from over 1,000 students from 40 participating fashion colleges and universities showcasing at the Truman Brewery between 31 May – 3 June. The event attracts over 20,000 guests each June and features 22 catwalk shows.

Winner: GFW Best Menswear Award

BA (Hons) Fashion Design student Aimee Dunn won the Best Menswear Award, and a £5,000 prize, for her politically-inspired menswear range. Her rich black wool fabrics, monotone embroidered political messaging, opulent styling accents, with a touch of white for contrast, wowed on the catwalk. A key knitted piece featured Margaret Thatcher's face in white onto a black background.

While studying BA (Hons) Fashion Design, Aimee has undertaken placements at Pentland Brands Plc and David Nieper, with whom NTU have established industry links and have run competitions and live projects.

Winner: Stuart Peters' Visionary Knitwear Award

Rebecca Swann from BA (Hons) Fashion Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles won the Stuart Peters' Visionary Knitwear Award for monochrome exaggerated knits, with multiple layering and luxury yarns. She collected a cash prize of £1,000 at the GFW Gala Awards Show from the sponsors.

During her course, Rebecca opted to take the third year out on placement and worked in New York at Rebecca Taylor and Ralsey Ltd (Li and Fung).

Winner: Accessories Award

NTU also proved successful in Fashion Accessory Design. The GFW Accessories Award was awarded to BA (Hons) Fashion Accessory Design student Stephanie Brindley, who also won a £750 cash prize. This is a great accolade for Stephanie, and for the course itself too, who showed at Graduate Fashion Week for the first time this year.

Course leader, Lee Mattocks, said, "This is a fantastic achievement, and we all feel very proud; even more so as it is the first graduating cohort of our course, and the first time we have shown fashion accessories at GFW. Well done to Stephanie and congratulations to all our graduating students this year…they have worked so hard, and produced amazing results. We've had a great response to the work on show from a wealth of top names and brands."

Stephanie's work can be viewed on her website.

In addition to winning four top awards, NTU also found success with their BA (Hons) Fashion Marketing and Branding course, with Olivia Yelf placing as runner-up in the GFW Barclays Business Award for her project involving a concept around skin care.

Oli Royce
Oli Royce with his fashion product designs

Winner: GFW Fashion Innovation Award

BA (Hons) Fashion Design student Oliver Worsley (aka Oli Royce for product collection purposes) won the GFW Innovation Award for his product range 'K50'. The conceptual menswear collection, with bonded shirts, clean lines and seaming, featured engineered prints with text and visual details that are only visible through an iPad app. Oli won a £750 cash prize for his work.

Oli said, "K50 is two realities; the physical and the digital. K50 garments are designed to exist in both." See more of Oli's amazing work at oroyce.

Congratulations on behalf of NTU, to all of our participating students for a fantastic Graduate Fashion Week!

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NTU scoops four top awards at Graduate Fashion Week 2014

Published on 4 June 2014
  • Category: School of Art & Design

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