The British Fashion Council (BFC) has announced the winners of the BFC Colleges Council Graduate Preview Day Awards.
The Drapers College portfolio award in association with the BFC was awarded to the University of Salford.
The BFC Fashion Illustration award went to Kingston University and the WGSN digital presentation award was given to the London College of Fashion.
The 27 exhibiting colleges’ portfolios were judged by a panel of industry experts including Drapers commissioning editor Ana Santi, WGSN digital development director Lauretta Roberts, Selfridges buying director for womenswear Anita Barr and London Fashion Week designer Todd Lynn. The panel was headed by chair of the Colleges Council Anne Tyrrell.
Tyrrell said: “This year the colleges’ portfolios were of the highest standard. Today was a tremendous success with an outstanding attendance from international and UK press and buyers including Vogue Italia, Elle Magazine, Marie Claire, Evening Standard, Max Mara, Matches, Harrods, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, Browns, Topshop and Warehouse.”
BFC chairman Harold Tillman said: “The BFC’s Graduate Preview Day gives the industry an opportunity to foster relationships with colleges and asses the talent which is due to enter the work place later in the year. The UK is recognised as providing the largest pools of fashion design talent in the world. Through the preview
day, the BFC understands the importance of nurturing emerging talent through industry links and placements”.
Lynn added: “The way in which the work was presented was incredibly strong”.
Roberts said: “Having done this for several years I was delighted to see the overall standard improve and a different crop of colleges receive the awards”.
Santi said: “I was really impressed with the quality of the work, however it was a unanimous decision that the University of Salford should receive the ‘Drapers Portfolio Award”.
The judging panel highly commended Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication for the standard of their Illustration and London College of Fashion for
the design content of their portfolios.