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2018 Midlands Fashion Awards Finalists Announced


After a phenomenal turnout at the Midlands Fashion Awards (MFA) ‘Call to Meet the Judges’ in June, a total of 42 finalists have been shortlisted for the 2018 edition.

Now entering its 11th year, the annual catwalk and awards event will be supported by Alan Sharman Agency, Style Birmingham Magazine, the Edgbaston Boutique Hotel, Francesco’s Hair Group, the Central School of Make-up and Birmingham City University.

Hosted by Nicky Campbell, the leading platform for creative Midlands based fashion talent will be held at the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, CBSO Centre, on Friday the 12th October 2018. VIP ticket holders will be treated to a drinks reception courtesy of the Edgbaston Boutique Hotel, followed by the catwalk show, live music by Elegant Entertainment and the 2018 awards ceremony.

MFA 2018 winners will not only receive a trophy but will also gain industry led opportunities to further their career. Media partner Style Birmingham Magazine will provide the chance to work on an editorial fashion shoot and gain media exposure. While FashionCapital.co.uk will offer a one-to-one mentoring session with industry expert and CEO Jenny Holloway, as well as give designers the chance to win 60m of fabric valued at £3000.

The finalists for the 2018 Midlands Fashion Awards are:

Independent Designers



Kashane Swaby – Birmingham

Pretty Mi – Leicestershire

Marie Sansome – Leicestershire

Rebecca Couture Millinery – Leicestershire


Accessory Designers

Fiona Harris Jewellery – Nottingham

Hayley Volkering Jewellery – Wolverhampton

V.C Contemporary Jewellery – Birmingham

Rebecca Couture Millinery – Leicestershire

Hiorns Hats – Warwickshire

Emily Rafferty – Birmingham

Hannah Maling – Birmingham


Emerging Designers

MYREALCOVER – Birmingham

Sophie Randall – Coventry

Tennessee-Leigh Curtis Harvey – Birmingham

Wendy Nguyen – Birmingham

Matej Lovric – Birmingham


Young Designers

Pu Si Tang – Lincolnshire

Tequila Buchanan – Nottingham

Bethany Hilton – Birmingham

Ekaterina Webb – Derby

Charlotte Bull – Nottingham

Yasmin Wills – South Yorkshire

Liene Golubkova – Nottinghamshire


Guest Designers

Jennifer Laurantius – USA

Ineza Collection – Liverpool


Professional Make-up Artists

Roisin Conway – Birmingham

Kenesha Ferguson – Birmingham

Leah Daleah – Birmingham

Chrissie Trattos – Sutton Coldfield

Feroza’s Artistry – Peterborough

Simi Oladeinde – Birmingham


Rising Star Make-up Artists

Koleda Makeup – Coventry

Beata Potomska – Redditch

Ade Fadahunsi – Birmingham

ParisautumnMUA – Birmingham

Make-up by Genna – Birmingham



Daisy Dunn – Halesowen

Séarlait Golby – Warwickshire

Stylist in Me – Birmingham


Emerging Photographers

Lara Bailey Photography – Birmingham

Niall O’Connor Photography – Coventry

Lee Leyland Photography – Stoke-on-Trent


2018 Judges

Official Judges:

Jenny Eason, Founder & Director, Midlands Fashion Awards

Debra Hepburn, Managing Director, RBH Creative Communications Agency and Founder of Young British Designers

Andrew Riley, Editor in Chief, Style Birmingham Magazine

Aaron Foster, Clements & Church

Luisa Hackney, Fashion Stylist at Harvey Nichols

Laura Hannon, Central School of Make-up

Rebecca Frances, Professional Make-up Artist

Preliminary Judges:

Matt Wilson Photography

Jasbir Kaur, Director; Post Graduate Studies in Fashion & Textiles, Birmingham City University

Laura Hannon, Central School of Make-up

Rachel Heeley, BA (Hons) Fashion Course Leader, Staffordshire University

Jenny Eason, Founder & Director, Midlands Fashion Awards commented:

“The finalists were selected at a presentation held in Birmingham and as in previous years the judges had the very difficult task of selecting the finalists. However, a final decision was made with 42 finalists selected, I am pleased to be able to shine a spotlight on home-grown talent at the Midlands Fashion Awards.”

Entertainment by Elegant Entertainment

Tickets to the Midlands Fashion Awards 2018 are available to purchase now via Eventbrite

Midlands Fashion Awards



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