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Manchester School of Art's Hannah Wallace strikes Gold at Graduate Fashion Week

Manchester School of Art’s Hannah Wallace has won this year’s Graduate Fashion Week George Gold Award for her innovative menswear designs.

The 24-year-old, who was also awarded the Creative Catwalk Award, will receive a £10,000 cash prize from GFW headline sponsor George at Asda.

“You dream about seeing your collection on the catwalk. Being able to show at Graduate Fashion Week, with this result, is an incredible experience,” she said.

Of the 25 finalists, 14 showed menswear collections. Nottingham Trent University’s Ella Nisbett took home the Menswear Award, as well as the Stuart Peters Visionary Knitwear Award.

Melissa Villevieille from the Edinburgh College of Art won the Womenswear Award and the Catwalk Textiles Award.

The winner of the inaugural Drapers Fashion Publication Award was Anna Higson from Liverpool John Moores University.

Chou-Yun-Ting from Shih Chien University in Taiwan won the International Award.

Retailers in the audience included Jigsaw chief executive Peter Ruis, Karen Millen boss Mike Shearwood and Boohoo.com co-founders Carol Kane and Mahmud Kamani.

At the end of the show, GFW chairman Mark Newton-Jones revealed Boohoo.com had offered jobs to two of the finalists: Georgie Wood from the University of Salford and Pippa Harries from Kingston University.

“This is what Graduate Fashion Week is all about; getting the best design talent in the UK in front of prospective employers,” said Newton-Jones.

Next year is the 25th anniversary of GFW.

Read our interview with Mark Newton-Jones on the future of GFW

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