Chloe Jones from Bath Spa University scoops the Graduate Fashion Week Gold Award
Last night's Graduate Fashion Week Gala Show was a celebration of amazing new talent, showcasing the best the UK's top fashion Universities have to offer. Awards were given out for design, promotion, marketing, business and even portfolios, but the question on everyone's lips was who would win the highly 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 tough competition 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 feel. The photos don't do the detail justice - there were ornate wintery leaf embellishment on shoulders and hems and very clever uses of draping and stitchwork throughout. 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 given to a very surprised Chris Moore, the man behind the iconic fashion resource that is Catwalking.com. Chris is a legend in the industry, having photographed the catwalks for over 40 years, and we couldn't imagine a more deserving recipient of the award!