Chloe Jones from Bath Spa University scoops the Graduate Fashion Week Gold Award
Final night’s Graduate Style Week Gala Show was a celebration of incredible new talent, showcasing the greatest the UK’s leading fashion Universities have to provide. Awards were provided out for design, promotion, marketing, organization and even portfolios, but the question on everyone’s lips was who would win the very coveted £20,000 George Gold Award prize.
Womenswear designer Chloe Jones, a student from Bath Spa University, was the lucky recipient of the honour, beating off difficult competitors from menswear winner Riona Horrox from Edinburgh School of Art.
Jones’s collection, entitledOur father who art in heaven, was a haunting mix of ethereal printed full-length skirts with slouchy hooded tops, inspired by gothic architecture and stained glass. The range combined sportwear with couture detailing for a very modern day feel. The pictures don’t do the detail justice – there were ornate wintery leaf embellishment on shoulders and hems and very clever uses of draping and stitchwork all through. The models wafted down the catwalk like monastic statues to a sountrack of Enigma’s ‘Sadeness’.
The knitwear award went to joint winners Jousianne Propp (Manchester School of Art) and Caitlin Charles Jones (Kingston University), and the Textiles award went to Xiaophing Huang from the University of Central Lancashire).
A special Lifetime Achievement Award was provided to a really surprised Chris Moore, the man behind the iconic style resource that is Catwalking.com. Chris is a legend in the industry, possessing photographed the catwalks for over 40 years, and we couldn’t envision a more deserving recipient of the award!
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