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First GFW 2013 award winners unveiled

The first winners of this year’s Graduate Fashion Week awards have been unveiled, under the new staggered format that stretches throughout the event.

Amy Davidson from Manchester School of Art picked up the Mulberry Accessories Award, while Rosy Dobby from Northumbria University was crowned the winner of the Ethical Award.

Mulberry’s Daniel Sullivan and Adelaide Dingizian, who judged the accessories prize, said that they were impressed by the “intricacy, attention to detail and beautifully considered use of material” of Davidson’s designs.

Runners up in this category included Lydia Rees from Middlesex University and Jessica Chapman from De Montfort.

Meanwhile in the ethical category, judged by ethical fashion designer Ada Zanditon, The Observer’s Lucy Siegle, The Observer, and Ben Ramsden of the charity Pants for Poverty, said Dobby’s collection delivered “a brand new subset of sportswear”.

Ramsden said: “The collection has the potential to be a complete closed loop lifestyle brand and the potential for scale was exceptional.”

Annest Gwynedd from Middlesex University and Rebecca Horner also from Northumbria University were runners up in the ethical category.

GFW showcases the work of more than 1,000 graduates from the UK and international universities, attracting more than 20,000 visitors during the month of June.

The event features 22 catwalk shows, an exhibition from more than 40 universities and culminates in a Gala Award Show on Wednesday evening (June 5).

Previous GFW award winners include Christopher Bailey, Stella McCartney, Giles Deacon, Matthew Williamson and Julien Macdonald.

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