Nottingham Trent made a lasting impression at Graduate Fashion Week this year, which is celebrating its 21st anniversary as the largest platform for upcoming design talent.
A record crowd of more than 5,000 gathered to view the final year collections of students from 40 universities across the UK. Trent’s Graduate Fashion Week show was simple and sophisticated, focusing on the concise techniques of fashion design. Hannah Sharp’s designs were entirely in black and white but 3D elements were added with details such as oversized pockets and contrasting stripes.
First year Fashion Design student Gabriella Wheeler worked backstage at this year’s event helping to get the models into their outfits. She said: “It was very organised backstage, we were all allocated a model and we did a fitting to ensure everything fitted already and that there didn’t need to be any last minute alterations and everything ran slick and professionally.
“The show got great feedback and has had good reports from Tattler, seen on Vogue Online, Disorder Magazine and a good review on the Graduate Fashion Week website. The pattern cutting was exquisite and detail was beautifully considered creating some astonishing collections.”
The collection from Yuchi Ozaki stunned the audience as the models unzipped their dresses or jackets as they came down the runway to reveal laser cut or bright folded fabric underneath.
The £20,000 Graduate Fashion Week Gold Award was won by Bath Spa University student Chloe Jones. Chloe also won the Womenswear award.
Sadie Robson, Head of Design for George, said: “Chloe demonstrated such a fresh approach to jersey wear. Her collection was so creative and yet so commercial and fit for today’s fashion.”
Some of the world’s top designers have made their way into the industry through Graduate Fashion Week – from Stella McCartney to Christopher Bailey, who was the winner of the first GFW Designer of the Year Award.