Student scoops two awards at world-leading fashion show

Knitwear design student Ella Nisbett scooped two awards at Graduate Fashion Week last night.

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Ella Nisbett picked up two awards at Graduate Fashion Week last night

Knitwear design student Ella Nisbett scooped two awards at Graduate Fashion Week last night.

The 25-year-old, who studies at Nottingham Trent University's School of Art & Design, won the Stuart Peters Visionary Knitwear Award and the Menswear Award.

Her designs – which are the outcome of her dissertation on men's fashion and subcultures – was inspired by the 1940s Zoot Suiters and the Sapeurs in the Congo, both male subcultural groups which show attitude and aspiration through clothing.

Ella, originally from Northampton, said: "It's only really started to sink in. It's all been so unexpected. It's the first time I've done a whole menswear collection.

"To have been recognised in such a way by such highly respected industry professionals is an absolute honour. It is a night I will remember forever.

"The standard at Graduate Fashion Week was so high. I cannot believe I won two categories. I'm so happy. I think that now is a very exciting time for menswear, and the collection is a bit of a celebration of men being able to dress up with confidence."

Ella's use of colours and patterns, although decorative and otherwise could be considered feminine, are designed to show a rebellious attitude and the confidence of the wearer, making them distinctly masculine.

Ian McInnes, Course Leader for Fashion Knitwear at Nottingham Trent University, said: "Staff and fellow students are delighted with the news of Ella's double win at this year's Graduate Fashion Week event.

"The layering of intense colour and bold floral motifs is combined with innovative fabrication and dramatic menswear shapes. Industry visitors and judges commented on its originality in fabric and shape and the intelligent use of knit in colour proportion and silhouette for menswear.

"Ella's collection at the early stages showed originality and these two prestigious awards are testimony to her quiet determination, design talent and manufacturing expertise. She is an excellent ambassador for the fashion knitwear and knitted textiles course."

Graduate Fashion Week, in collaboration with George, is the world's leading event for fashion students. It provides a platform for more than 1,000 graduates from forty of the most influential UK and international universities to showcase their work to industry.

Also short-listed for the awards was Nottingham Trent University BA (Hons) Fashion Design student Rachel Siggee, whose bold printed menswear collection received high praise since first appearing on the catwalk in Nottingham last month.

Julie Pinches, Associate Dean for the School of Art & Design, said: "Graduate Fashion Week is unprecedented around the world for the promotion of UK fashion graduate talent and we are privileged to be able to represent so many of our fashion graduates' work at the exhibition.

"We have received an incredible response from the fashion industry looking to recruit our graduates and Nottingham Trent University is the first choice for many brands visiting the stands to view work and offer employment opportunities.

"This has been another fantastic year of successes and my congratulations go to Ella for winning both the menswear and knitwear award, which is a first in the history of Graduate Fashion Week. It acknowledges the strengths of her design concept and skills.

"Also my congratulations go to all the nominees who were short-listed from 1,000 plus graduates exhibiting at the event - well done. The School is very proud of these achievements."

Student scoops two awards at world-leading fashion show

Published on 3 June 2015
  • Category: Press; School of Art & Design

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