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Fashion Knitwear Design student scoops Knitwear Award at the 2017 Fashanne Awards

Final Year student Eilish Pick named winner at the vibrant East Midlands awards night hosted by Anne Davies and Gok Wan

Members of the judging panel and Eilish Pick on stage
Gok Wan, model wearing designs by Eilish Pick, Eilish Pick, George Turner from The Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters and Anne Davies. Courtesy Rupert Gibson Photography.

Final Year BA (Hons) Fashion Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles student Eilish Pick has been named winner of the Knitwear Design Award at the Fashanne 2017 Fashion Awards.

Established by BBC East Midlands news presenter Anne Davies, the Fashanne Awards aim to celebrate and showcase the talent emerging from East Midlands fashion universities.

Final year students from fashion courses across six regional universities have been involved in the Fashanne iniative, which was established in 2016. This year, students from partner universities across the East Midlands had the chance to submit work for each of the four awards categories: Fashion Design, Knitwear Design, Textile Design and Footwear & Accessory Design. The shortlisted students' work was exhibited at St Mary’s Church in Nottingham's historic Lace Market, where a panel of celebrity judges viewed the work.

The judging panel this year comprised TV presenter and fashion expert Gok Wan, local designer and consultant Daniel Hanson, Dunelm Product Director Fiona Lambert, Humphrey Barretts of the Framework Knitters Livery Company, as well as previous winners Emma Garner and NTU Fashion Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles alumna Charlotte Yates.

Models wearing knitwear garments by EIlish Pick
Eilish Pick's Graduate Collection

At the finale catwalk show and awards ceremony which took place on Thursday 22 June, Eilish was awarded £1000 as winner of the Knitwear Design Award, a category sponsored by The Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters.

Eilish, who will be graduating this summer, told us: “It was such a surprise to win. The award is an amazing end to the year and will be a massive boost for starting my career. It's nice to have my collection recognised after so much hard work.”

Seven other NTU students were selected to be part of the Fashanne Awards this year: Gemma Armorgie, Emily Edwards, Bethan Jacka, Emma Kempton, Francesca McMullen, Anna Standley and Miranda Ventiroso all showcased their work in the stunning setting of St Mary’s Church.

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Fashion Knitwear Design student scoops Knitwear Award at the 2017 Fashanne Awards

Published on 27 June 2017
  • Subject area: Art and design
  • Category: Culture; School of Art & Design

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