This year, Graduate Fashion Week (GFW) celebrated it’s 20 year anniversary. From 1991 onwards, GFW provided a focused event for Universities to present new BA Fashion Graduate collections. Over the past 20 years the event attracted title sponsorship from Esprit, BHS, Topshop, and River Island. And now, GFW welcomed George ASDA as their new Title Sponsor for 2011.
GFW has been a wonderful career spring board to influential British designers such as, Christopher Bailey, Stella McCartney, Julian MacDonald, Antonio Baradi, Hussein Cha-layan, Christopher Bailey, Stuart Vevers and Owen Gaster.
London Printworks attended the final day of the 2011 proceedings on 8th June, to be introduced to the graduate award finalists and their collections. We were stunned by the level of craftsmanship involved with the garment construction, with a high level of detail on colour and print. We, as textile printmakers, were a little disappointed on the level of digital print to hand print – but many collections showed promise of transition!
This years judges featured some familiar names including Louise Gray, David David and Mulberry.
The Gold award was recieved by Nottingham Trent University graduate Rory Longdon for his collection of close-fitting ribbed knits featuring metallic panels. Judges praised his “bold yet simple” idea which they said translated into a wearable collection that was “cohesive and immaculately constructed“.
Rory will receive £20,000 as part of the award, which Rory says will help contribute to the costs of studying Fashion Womenswear for the next 2 years at the RCA.
Another notable award winner was Christina Economu from Istituto Marangoni -Paris who received the International Show Award. Her collection perfectly balanced clashing prints and fabrics by keeping the garments sharply tailored. We hope to see much more interesting print design from Christina in the near future!
One graduate who we believe could be one to watch was Edinburgh College of Art BA Fashion Design graduate Anna Stephenson. The painted floral garments retained a contemporary edge with origami-like cuts and occasional shredding. The print design was a mixture of digital, screen and flock, creating various textures across the collection, which definitely caught our eye. Anna was awarded the I-ON Graduate Fashion Prize.
You can view a short interview, filmed while Anna was studying at Edinburgh here:
Congratulations to all 2011 graduates.
For more information on Graduate Fashion Week, click here
To view graduate portfolios, follow this link to Arts Thread website