University scoops two awards at Graduate Fashion Week

Two Nottingham Trent University students are celebrating after scooping top awards at Graduate Fashion Week.

Two Nottingham Trent University students are celebrating after scooping top awards at Graduate Fashion Week.

Fashion Design student Chloe Jackson won the N Brown Textile Award, while Fashion Knitwear Design student Kendall Baker won the Matalan Visionary Knitwear Award.

"I didn't expect to get to Graduate Fashion Week, never mind win an award,” said Chloe, 22, originally from Breedon on the Hill in Leicestershire, whose collection was inspired by her experience at Camp Fernwood in America.

"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."

Graduate Fashion Week – the premier show for new fashion talent – is in its 25th year and was first won by Burberry chief executive Christopher Bailey in 1991. The 2016 gala ceremony took place at the Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane, London, on Wednesday 8 June.

"I was completely over the moon", said Kendall, 22, originally from Stafford, who used crochet and manipulated stitches to create a menswear collection which was inspired by nature, in particular the movement and life cycle of butterflies.

"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."

This year the University had eight students progress from the first stage of the competition – the highest number ever for the institution – and Kendall, Chloe and Fashion Knitwear Design student Charlotte Yates progressed to the final.

Gilly Staples, Course Leader for BA Fashion Design at Nottingham Trent University, said: "It has been an amazing event and I'm really proud of Chloe and all the students that have taken part. It’s been an exceptional year and they have done the University proud."

Ian McInnes, Course Leader for BA Fashion Knitwear Design at Nottingham Trent University, added: "We fought off challenging competition with some stunning collections from other universities to win the prestigious visionary award.

"Judge Julien Macdonald was right when he said Kendall's collection showed innovation, technical quality and amazing colour. We're very proud for her to win this award. It celebrates a fourth win in succession and showcases the breadth of approaches each winning collection achieves."

Amanda Briggs-Goode, Head of Fashion Design at Nottingham Trent University, said: "It is fantastic that our students’ exceptional work has been recognised by the judges at Graduate Fashion Week on its 25th anniversary.

"For us to win two of the main awards is a real honour and a testament to the outstanding talent and capabilities of our students, as well as the exceptional teaching and support at the University."

Julie Pinches, Dean of the School of Art & Design, said: "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."

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    Nottingham Trent University is ranked fifth in the country by the Guardian for Fashion and Textiles and 14th in the world for undergraduate courses by Business of Fashion.

    The Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education was awarded to Nottingham Trent University in November 2015. It is the highest national honour for a UK university and recognises the institution's world-class research. Pioneering projects to improve weapons and explosives detection in luggage, enable safer production of powdered infant formula and combat food fraud led to the prestigious award.

University scoops two awards at Graduate Fashion Week

Published on 10 June 2016
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