NTU Fashion and Knitwear designers scoop top awards at Graduate Fashion Week

NTU students Chloe Jackson (Fashion Design) and Kendall Baker (Fashion Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles) won top awards at last night's prestigious 25th anniversary Graduate Fashion Week Gala Show.

NTU's Chloe Jackson (BA (Hons) Fashion Design) scooped the N Brown Textile Award while Kendall Baker (BA (Hons) Fashion Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles) won the Matalan Visionary Knitwear Award at this year's prestigious 25th anniversary Graduate Fashion Week Gala Show.

The event took place in London's Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane, where 40 universities and fashion institutions exhibited during four days, showing the garments and portfolios of over 4,000 graduates.

NTU's GFW catwalk took place on Monday 6 June, with 21 Fashion and Knitwear Design students showcasing their collections on the runway in front of a packed audience made up of a prestigious GFW judging panel, a wide range of industry representatives, fashion press and media.

Judges pre-selected an unprecedented total of seven NTU collections for initial consideration for the gala finale (Chloe Jackson; Tamara Dias; Charlotte Yates; Rosella May; Sophie Calver; Annaiss Yucra Mancilla; and Kendall Baker). This was fine-tuned to a shortlist of three eventual finalists – Chloe Jackson (Fashion Design), Kendall Baker and Charlotte Yates (both Fashion Knitwear Design).

The finale was attended by iconic fashion names such as Dame Vivienne Westwood, Christopher Bailey (CEO of Burberry) and designer Julien Macdonald, fashion journalist Hilary Alexander and Jeff Banks.

Chloe and Kendall were announced as finale category winners, both securing top awards and continuing in the footsteps of NTU's amazing success at the event over the last few years.

Chloe wowed the audience with her collection of highly colourful prints and bold use of fabrics and pattern cutting. Her collection, Beyond the Fernwood Gates, was inspired by a three month summer camp experience in eastern America last year at Camp Fernwood. She was presented with the GFW N Brown Textile Award.

"I didn't expect to get to GFW, never mind to win an award", said Chloe.

"The competition was so tough, you don't expect to win, so it really meant a lot. I still don't believe it now. With people like Vivienne Westwood there watching your collection, it's amazing. It was a really good experience. And I really hope it will help me get a job in the industry, by putting my name out there."

Kendall received the Matalan award for Visionary Knitwear after showcasing a stand out menswear collection based on modernising crochet, featuring high-tech ways of joining crochet together, using bright colours.

"I was completely over the moon", said Kendall.

"It was overwhelming. I didn't think it was going to be me. It's a massive honour. Backstage I chatted to Julien Macdonald, who had been one of the judges, and explained how I had done things. It was so surreal, an experience I will never forget and will cherish forever."

NTU also enjoyed success across a wide range of Exhibition Award categories during the four day GFW event, with finalists including Kate Howells (Fashion Design) runner-up in the Vivienne Westwood Ethical Award, Jessica Leigh Haughton (Fashion Design) runner-up in the Oracle Fashion Technology Award and Olivia Montgomerie (Fashion Communication and Promotion), runner-up in the Fashion Marketing Award. The N Brown Textile Award winner, Chloe Jackson, was also runner-up in the David Band Textiles Award.

Julie Pinches, Dean of the School of Art & Design, said: "This a fantastic result in the 25th year of the event. I would like to congratulate Chloe, Kendall and Charlotte for getting to the final, and Chloe and Kendall on their wins. I'd also like to say a heartfelt well done and thank you to all who have taken part in the event this year – the standard has been exceptionally high and I am very proud of all our students and staff who have made this possible."

NTU Fashion and Knitwear designers scoop top awards at Graduate Fashion Week

Published on 9 June 2016
  • Category: School of Art & Design

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