With a heartfelt tribute to the late Louise Wilson, London’s Graduate Fashion Week continued into its 23rd year to showcase a host of incredibly talented British designers in its new home in East London’s The Truman Brewery.
Whilst every student from over 40 universities achieved incredible results, it was Bath Spa University graduate Grace Keller who will no doubt be the one you will remember as she was awarded the Graduate Fashion Week George Gold award and the equally coveted womenswear award.
With a judging panel including Peter Pilotto, Sarah Mower and milliner Philip Treacy, it was Keller’s delicately laced dresses with vibrant applique embroidery that won them over, earning her the £10,000 prize.
Graduate Fashion Week has long since been the hot spot for scouting the freshest design talent, with over 21 catwalk shows and countless presentations, it is a visual feast of exciting ideas that will mostly be picked up by a host of brands out to find new talent, including River Island, Tommy Hilfiger and Drapers, who all exhibited at the four-day event.
It wasn’t simply Grace who was honoured though, with Rebecca Swann from Nottingham Trent collecting the Stuart Peters Visionary Knitwear award for her textural monochrome knit designs and Camilla Grimes of Manchester School of Art receiving the Creative Catwalk award for her electric neon pink fur-trimmed bombers and sporty slim trousers.
Doing it for the boys, Aimee Dunn from Nottingham Trent University took home the menswear award for her relaxed cut suiting and knitwear emblazoned with a Margaret Thatcher screen print.
View the collections from Graduate Fashion Week 2014 here.