Fashion Knitwear Design and Textile Design students scoop awards at the 2018 Fashanne Awards

Alice Beadle and Aoife Thomas were named winners of the Knitwear Design and Textile Design Awards at the annual East Midlands fashion celebration

Work by Alice Beadle (L) and Aoife Thomas (R). Courtesy Rachael Connerton Photography.
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Work by Alice Beadle (L) and Aoife Thomas (R). Courtesy Rachael Connerton Photography.

Two students from our Fashion, Textiles and Knitwear Design courses have been named winners in their respective categories at the Fashanne 2018 Fashion Awards. Final year BA (Hons) Fashion Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles student Alice Beadle won the Knitwear Design Award, whilst final year BA (Hons) Textile Design student Aoife Thomas won first place in the Textile Design Award.

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 initiative, which was first 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.

Lead judge Patrick Grant, student Alice Beadle and Anne Davies. Courtesy Rachael Connerton Photography.
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Lead judge Patrick Grant, student Alice Beadle and Anne Davies. Courtesy Rachael Connerton Photography.

The judging panel was this year comprised of fashion expert and TV presenter Patrick Grant, Katie Greenyer, Creative Director of the Pentland Group, local designer and consultant Daniel Hanson, ASOS Sourcing Director Simon Platts, and Humphrey Barretts of the Framework Knitters Livery Company.

At the finale catwalk show and awards ceremony, which took place on Thursday 21 June, Alice and Aoife were awarded their prizes.

Alice told us: "‘It was an honour to have been nominated for the Fashanne Awards and to have participated against so many talented students. Winning the Knitwear Design Award was absolutely amazing and I feel extremely grateful for it. It is very rewarding after all the hard work that I put into my collection."

Lead judge Patrick Grant, student Aoife Thomas and Anne Davies. Courtesy Rachael Connerton Photography.
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Lead judge Patrick Grant, student Aoife Thomas and Anne Davies. Courtesy Rachael Connerton Photography.

Aoife commented: “It was so nice to see my work on a catwalk for the first time, let alone to win anything. I was so shocked, but it made me feel like my designs were actually really good, and I felt like my work has potential to go somewhere.”

Six other NTU students were selected to be part of the Fashanne Awards this year: BA (Hons) Fashion Accessory Design students Georgia Hudson and Amber Rouse, BA (Hons) Textile Design student Georgia Maudlin, (BA (Hons) Fashion Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles student Harriet Meakin, and BA (Hons) Fashion Design students Jasmine Janeau and Patrycja Raczynska all showcased their work in the stunning setting of St Mary’s Church.

Visit www.fashanne.com to find out more.

Fashion Knitwear Design and Textile Design students scoop awards at the 2018 Fashanne Awards

Published on 25 June 2018
  • Category: School of Art & Design

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