Last night we attended Graduate Fashion Week’s renowned gala award show which celebrates the creativity of students and graduates within the industry. More than 40 schools showed their collections at Brick Lane’s Truman Brewery this week for the annual fashion showcase, which turns 25 next year. Olivia Overton from Middlesex University received the Karen Millen Portfolio Award for her distinctive collection. 24-year-old graduate Hannah Wallace took home the much-coveted George Gold Award as well as the Creative Catwalk Prize; Ella Nisbett won in the menswear and knitwear categories; while Melissa Villevielle won for womenswear and textiles.
The graduates’ innovative designs impressed the prestigious panel of judges – including Stylist and Presenter Gok Wan, Fashion Designer Julien Macdonald OBE and renowned Fashion Journalist Hilary Alexander OBE.
We’re dedicated to supporting emerging fashion talent and our Chief Creative Officer Gemma has been working with Graduate Fashion Week since 2010. Our graduate protégé scheme gives graduates an invaluable insight into one of the most stimulating and fast-moving sectors of the industry and also allows us to innovate and explore new ideas through the cultivation and support of exceptional British design talent.