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Awards Aplenty at GFW 2005


Now in its 14th year, Graduate Fashion Week has certainly come a long way, well organized and slick the event now attracts all the right industry players. This year’s grads have also stepped up a gear presenting collections that were both professional and innovative.

After the usual game of VIP Musical Chairs from the don’t you know who I am brigade, the show swiftly opened with its first batch of award

Fashion Promotion and Media Awards

GE Consumer Finance Strategic Marketing Award

Presented by Jonathan Taylor – GE Finance

Winner: Emily Hall from the London College of Fashion


Creative Marketing Award

Presented by Patrick Burgoyne, Creative Review & Gary Aspden, Adidas

Winner: Karen Chi Man Luk from University of Central Lancashire


Dalziel + Pow Stand Design Award

Presented by David Dalziel

Winner: RavensbourneCollege of Art & Communication


Jon Adam Fashion Portfolio Award

Presented by Gary Gold & Melanie Laub, Jon Adam

Winner: Faye Pearce from Edinburgh College of Art


Textiles Award

Presented by Mark Eley, Eley Kishimoto & Alice Temperley, Temperley London

Winner: Kerry Allen from Ravensbourne College of Art & Communication


GVD Accessories Award

Presented by Jimmy Choo & Stuart Vevers, Mulberry

Winner: David Hassan from Northumbria University


Waterman Fashion Illustration Award

Presented by Sue Moscatelli, David Downton and model Jade Parfitt

Winner: Elliot Atkinson from Edinburgh College of Art


“First Word” Journalism Award

Presented by Hilary Alexander, The Daily Telegraph

Winner: Suzanne Madson from the London College of Fashion


The Hearst Corporation Media & Design Award

Presented by Terry Mansfield

Winner: Tiffany Taylor from Ravensbourne College of Art & Communication


Several down, six to go, including the juicy River Island Gold Award, meanwhile the audience were treated to a visual feast of shortlisted catwalk collections. Setting the scene was a warrior chic – rock meets Africa collection from Kristy Millward. Recurring themes this year include muted tones, especially beige, grey and chocolate brown, intricate pleats and gathers, chunky knits, hoods, plus modern interpretations of historical references. Thankfully hosts June and Steve toned down their catwalk commentary as the show progressed and fashion did all the talking. Personal highlights came courtesy of Alexa Davis and her elegant take on traditional Islamic clothing, Georgia Dant’s relaxed suiting for the boys and Amanda Wilding’s Miyake-esque pleated evening dresses.

Catwalk show over and it was time to announce the final group of awards

Graduate Fashion Week Gala Awards 2005


Best Use of Colour Award 

Presented by Mary McCartney-Donald & Tamara Salman, Liberty

Winner: Alexa Davis from Winchester School of Art


Zandra Rhodes Catwalk Textiles Award

Presented by Mary Quant in place of an absent Zandra

Winner: Kerrie Scott from University College of Northampton


River Island Gold Award

Presented by Richard Bradbury, River Island, Alexandra Shulman, Vogue and Stefano Pilati, Yves Saint Laurent

3rd place: Wowo Kraus from Middlesex University

2nd place: Amanda Wilding from Salisbury College

River Island Gold Award Winner: Jess Noy from University West of England, Bristol

Jess receives a whopping £20K – plus valuable advice and mentoring from the GFW panel and the London Fashion Forum. Her winning collection comprised of a white denim streetwear look for men & women with bucket loads of straps and grommets. A River Island representative stated that the collection was both innovative and commercial. UWE Bristol will also receive £2,000.

The highly regarded fashion school  Central Saint Martin’s, meanwhile, staged its own show and awards ceremony last week. Winners there included:

Best Womenswear Award: Mary McCarthy

Best Menswear Award: Sebastian Lundin

The L’Oreal Total Look Award: Josephine Sundt

Fashion and awarded out? There’s more yet to come as the Royal College of Art presents its Fashion & Textile MA show on the 9th June. Check back on FashionCapital for further coverage.

By JoJo Iles

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