Student wins national fashion design award

Fashion student Charlotte Rollings has scooped a top national award.

Fashion student Charlotte Rollings has scooped a top national award.

The 23-year-old undergraduate, who's studying in the School of Art & Design, was named winner of the 2016 FAD (Fashion Awareness Direct) Competition.

The catwalk event – which took place on Monday night in Covent Garden, London – featured designs by 17 undergraduates from 16 different UK universities.

Charlotte said being named winner was 'such a surprise'.

"It's so amazing to have that commendation from industry ahead of my graduate collection," said Charlotte.

"It's given me a real confidence boost. The prize money is so valuable and will give me creative freedom over the fabrics and materials I can choose for my final collection. It's been a great experience."

Inspired by a poem she wrote entitled 'The Rear Window', Charlotte's garments take inspiration from a washing line with 3D moulded peg prints, reworked cotton shirts and bonded canvas jackets. She was presented with £1,000 by FAD jury member Jackie Annesley, editor of The Sunday Times Style magazine.

Explaining why the jury selected Charlotte as the winner, fellow jury member Vanessa Spence, head of design at ASOS, said: "I loved Charlotte's interpretation of the brief and the level of creativity and storytelling in her portfolio. She demonstrated great skill in her pattern cutting and attention to detail in the construction of her garments."

The second runner-up award went to another Nottingham Trent University finalist, Chloe Jackson. Chloe, 22, was praised for her 'upbeat and playful approach' and the attention to detail in her printed and multi-layered designs.


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Student wins national fashion design award

Published on 24 February 2016
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