Recently the Old Truman Brewery was full of industry people surveying the latest generation of fashion graduates during Graduate Fashion Week. There were some amazing talent showing their work and the Award Show was there to launch them into the real world. Obviously the prices are a great help for the next step in their careers. The panel of judges had seen every single show during the event in order to decide on creativity, catwalk impact, workmanship and potential. There were five different awards to win: Creative Catwalk Award, Stuart Peters Visionary Knitwear Award, Menswear Award, Womenswear Award and The George Gold Award.

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The Creative Catwalk Award was the first award to be announced. This award went to Camilla Grimes from Manchester School of Art and she received £1000 for herself and £250 for her university. Her collection was outstanding, with fur in bold pink colours, images of cats and a lot of glitter. Grimes’ collection was without doubt full of creativity, for everyone to see.

The Stuart Peters Visionary Knitwear Award, judged by Erica Peters, Kevin Peters and Massimo Nicosia, went to Rebecca Swann, also from Nottingham Trent University. Judges especially looked at texture, yam, silhouette and technicalability in construction. Swann’s collection stood out in all of these criteria, as her knitwear looked innovative and interesting. It really made you wonder how she made it. Every single piece of the collection looked like a work of art.

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The award for Menswear went too Aimee Dunn of Nottingham Trent University. With her collection she won £5000 for herself and £1000 for her university. Dunn made a black and white menswear collection with a strong political message, which made her collection pretty controversial. Slogans such as ‘Thatcher Took Our Milk’ and images of Thatcher’s face gave her collection a controversial feeling.

The Womenswear Award went to Grace Weller from Bath SPA University, this award was judged by Karl Plewka, Louise Gray and Philip Treacy. We definitely agreed with the jury that she deserved this award, as we’d already fallen in love with her navy collection featuring orange and red detailing. The craftsmanship of this collection was high, the pieces of her collection looked so precious and time demanding. They had a true artistic feeing.

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Grace Weller turned out to be the big winner of The Award Show. When it was announced that Grace Weller had won the final award, the George Gold Award, she came on stage with a wonder-struck face and was clearly surprised and shocked. With this award she won £10.000 and £2000 for the design course at Bath SPA University. Next to this amount of money to invest in her next collection, she gets a paid internship with George at Asda. And George will produce and stock a collection of her designs. It was beautiful to see her face, as she really deserved these two awards.

Words and images by Nikki Neervens

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