Student wins major award at London Fashion Week

Fashion knitwear student Amy Carter has been named winner of the 2017 FAD Competition.

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Amy Carter was recognised for her sporty collection of relaxed, interchangeable separates which were inspired by the mechanical sounds of knitwear machinery

Fashion knitwear student Amy Carter has been named winner of the 2017 FAD Competition.

The prestigious competition, organised by creative charity Fashion Awareness Direct, took place at the Freemasons Hall in Covent Garden on Monday night, and was presented by fashion retail mogul Jane Shepherdson CBE.

Amy, 22, of the School of Art & Design, was recognised for her sporty collection of relaxed, interchangeable separates which were inspired by the mechanical sounds of knitwear machinery and incorporated the signature vibrant colours of awards collaborator Missoni.

Amy said: "It was amazing to win. Just to see my work on the catwalk at London Fashion Week is like winning, so winning overall is just amazing.

"I entered just thinking that I had nothing to lose. It was a really good brief, it was really inspiring, so why not? Just have a go. I never expected to win, ever.

"I’ve learnt so much from making my collection for FAD. In particular, time management, because my dissertation was due in at the same time."

Now in its 16th year, the event was hosted by Fashion Scout as part of its official schedule for London Fashion Week, and featured designs by 20 undergraduate fashion designers from 16 different UK universities. It is the only national undergraduate showcase to take place on the London Fashion Week catwalk.

2017 saw a collaboration between FAD and knitwear brand Missoni which challenged contestants to 'take the Missoni approach', drawing inspiration from European artists and 'letting colour take shape'.

Amy joined the jury on stage to be presented with £1,000 by FAD jury member Liz Griffiths, head of creative textile and design research at Missoni.

Talking about why the jury selected Amy as the winner, Liz Griffiths commented: "Amy's collection was complete knitwear collection. It was beautifully finished, she had a fantastic sense of colour and she had mixed stitches and different approaches to knitted fabrics together.

"It was very different, the way she mixed and put them together, but they worked. Amy's work was innovative, even though it was also very commercial and sellable, and we liked that. And also the sense of colour was not normal, it was a little bit different, and Angela Missoni loved it too."

Past FAD Competition finalists have gone on to achieve successful careers in the fashion industry, and include noted designer David Koma as well as design professionals at Hussein Chalayan, Burberry, Aquascutum, ASOS and All Saints.

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Student wins major award at London Fashion Week

Published on 23 February 2017
  • Category: School of Art & Design

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