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Ella and Rachel take their Graduate Fashion Week collections to Westminster

On 5 November 2015, the UK Fashion & Textile Association (UKFT) hosted an exclusive event at the Houses of Parliament in celebration of Graduate Fashion Week’s 25th anniversary, and two NTU fashion graduates were part of the event.

As part of an exclusive group of just six young UK designers, NTU graduates Ella Nisbett and Rachel Siggee were invited to show their 2015 Graduate Fashion Week collections to a prestigious gathering of some of the UK's most influential fashion industry leaders and representatives at the Houses of Parliament this November.

The UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT), who hosted the event to celebrate the forthcoming 25th anniversary of Graduate Fashion Week, is the most inclusive British network for fashion and textile companies. It brings together designers, manufacturers, agents and retailers to promote their businesses and industry throughout the UK and internationally.

The UKFT's president is HRH The Princess Royal.

GFW is the world's leading event for fashion students; NTU has a stand throughout the event every year, attended by students from BA (Hons) Fashion Design, BA (Hons) Fashion Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles, BA (Hons) Fashion Accessory Design, as well as BA (Hons) Fashion Communication and Promotion, and BA (Hons) Fashion Marketing and Branding.

A number of students who exhibit their work at the annual NTU catwalks shortly before GFW takes place, are also selected by an independent industry panel to take part in the GFW catwalk show.

At GFW 2015, Ella Nisbett, BA (Hons) Fashion Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles, was crowned the overall event winner of both the Stuart Peters Visionary Knitwear Award and the Menswear Award for her vibrant knitted menswear collection, which was praised by industry judges for its originality in fabric and shape and the intelligent use of knit in colour proportion and silhouette.

Also shortlisted as a finalist at the 2015 awards show was BA (Hons) Fashion Design student Rachel Siggee, whose bold printed menswear collection A is for Androgyny has received high praise since first appearing on the catwalk in Nottingham.

Both Ella and Rachel were selected by the GFW committee this October to represent the very best of new design talent at the celebratory London event on 5 November.

Gilly Staples, course leader for Fashion Design, who was also in attendance, said: “This was an absolutely fantastic event that focused on the significance and importance of the British fashion industry. It was amazing to see not one, but two, of our design graduates selected from thousands nationally to represent the very best of UK talent, and it was an exceptionally proud moment for the School of Art & Design at NTU.”

Welcomed by Damian Collins MP, Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Fashion and Textiles, the event saw many leading industry figures unite; GFW alumni Christopher Bailey, the chief creative officer and CEO of Burberry, was officially welcomed at the event as its first ever patron.

For the past 25 years, GFW has become one of the most significant events in the fashion calendar, with thousands of the most talented students from around the world taking part in the four-day event each June. The 2016 GFW event in London will include many special features and events in celebration of their 25th anniversary milestone, including an exhibition of previous winners and the GFW legacy.

Ella and Rachel take their Graduate Fashion Week collections to Westminster

Published on 13 November 2015
  • Category: School of Art & Design

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