Thursday, 11 June 2009

CELEBRITY - Sarah Brown Attends GFW

fashion student graduate brown
She may not be able to compete with Michelle Obama in the style stakes, but our very own 1st lady showed her support for the talented graduates at Earls Court 2 today. Sarah Brown, wife of Gordon, made a visit to the exhibition which showcases the work of final year students. Today was the education day featuring fashion shows and careers clinics. Budding fashion designers found plenty to inspire them and direct their future studies or careers.

The Gala Show

The gala show which took place on Wednesday evening featured all the best designers from the week with awards for specific categories. This year's judges included fashion designers Matthew Williamson and Giles Deacon, who are both very much men of the moment. Other celebrity guests included Claudia Schiffer, Erin O’Connor, Amber le Bon, John Rocha and
Caryn Franklin. Prizes were presented to the students below for the categories noted:

Textiles Award:
Calum Harvey, Ravensbourne College of Design

Hachette Filipaachi Media & Design:
Charlotte Webb, Middlesex University

Fashion Innovation:
Nicola Morgan, Northumbria University Fashion

Lyle & Scott Strategic Marketing:
Laura Booth, UCLAN

Mulberry Accessories:
Verity Pemberton, Winchester School of Art

Per AQUUM Creative Marketing:
Christina Duggan, Northumbria University Fashion Marketing

Jon Adam Fashion Portfolio:
Dulcie Dryden, Northumbria University Fashion

First Word Journalism:
Yuka Maeno, UCA Epsom

Pringle of Scotland Visionary Knitwear:
Sarah Burton, Manchester Metropolitan University

Zandra Rhodes Catwalk Textiles:
Charlotte Simpson, Northumbria University Fashion

Mehmet Ali, Ravensbourne College of Design


Myrto Samou, UCA Rochester

River Island Gold:
Myrto Samou, UCA Rochester

Giles Deacon explains why Myrto Samou's collection was deserving of the top prize, which includes £20,000 and business advice:

“We chose the winner of the River Island Womenswear Award because we felt her collection had a very strong signature style. It was a cohesive range which could easily be sold tomorrow.”

graduate fashion collection winnerSarah Burton (Manchester School of Art)

I was really glad to see Sarah Burton winning a prize. Her fringed collection blew me away with its sophisticated colour palette, not to mention the elegant movement of the tasseled garments. I thought the shorter dresses were incredibly wearable and loved the twenties influence. Claire Waight Keller, Creative Director of Pringle of Scotland said:

“Sarah was chosen because she has an outstanding degree of creativity and workmanship. Her attention to detail, silhouette and technical capabilities were excellent and very directional.”

A limited number of copies of the 2009 Gala Show and Awards will be available to buy on DVD from August 2009 at £15.00 each + £2.50 postage and packing. Please phone 01903 885 930 or email to find out more.
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