Graduate Gold Winner Announced

Chloe Jones from Bath Spa University won the eighth annual Graduate Fashion Week Gold Award judged and presented by industry giants, Daphne Guiness, Suzy Menkes and George at Asda's Fiona Lambert this week.
With a prize of £20,000, and invaluable industry recognition from judges Jones now also has access to a mentoring panel to help her through the next stages of her career.
The judging criterion for the Gold Award is that the collection clearly demonstrates exceptional ability in design, cut and construction as well as excellent use of colour and fabric.
The judges reviewed shortlisted collections made from 17 catwalk shows and put the students through a rigorous interview process, before selecting the winner.
This year’s Graduate Fashion Week brought to the industry and media’s attention talent from all branches of fashion from over 39 universities across the UK and Europe. An elite industry panel of preliminary judges including Hilary Alexander, Jessica Bumpus of and Melanie Rickey, Grazia fashion editor at large, joined the audience of press (one of which was me!!) students and the general public to scout the hottest talent from each university. 
Full award winners are below and you can catch up with my posts from GFW here.
Chloe Jones with her Graduate Fashion Week Gold Award
Womenswear Award: Chloe Jones from Bath Spa University was also the winner of the Womenswear Award.
Menswear Award: Riona Horrox from Edinburgh College of Art
Zandra Rhodes Catwalk Textile Award: Xiaoping (Fiona) Huang from UCLAN University as the winning student.
Stuart Peters Visionary Knitwear Award: Jousianne Propp, from Manchester School of Art and Caitlin Charles Jones from Kingston University.
International Award: The winner selected was Karen Jessen from Esmod Berlin.
Fashion innovation Award: Ami Collins, UCLAN
David Band Textiles Award: Emma Hardstaff, Edinburgh College of Art
Ethical Award: Sarah Murphy, Northumbria University
Per Aquun Marketing Award: Hayley Oldfield, UCLAN
Karen Millen Fashion Portfolio Award: Jousianne Propp, Manchester School of Art
Mulberry Accessories Award: Laura Smallwood, Kingston University
Barclays New Business Idea Award: Holly Reid, UCLAN
Stand Award: Edinburgh College of Art
Media & Design Award: Kerrie Donelly, UCA Epsom

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