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RCA graduate wins H&M Design Award

Hannah Jinkins, a graduate from the Royal College of Art in London, has won the H&M Design Award 2016.

She was selected from eight finalists by an international jury that included US actress and model Kate Bosworth, Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing and ShowStudio founder and photographer Nick Knight.

Jinkins has won a one-year mentorship from H&M and a prize fund of €50,000 (£36,165). Her winning collection will be sold in selected H&M stores and online from autumn 2016.

“Hannah is really brilliant,” said Bosworth. “She has the ability to balance so many difficult things, like the raw with the refined, or something very grown up with something more youthful.”

Ann-Sofie Johansson, creative advisor of H&M, added: “I was so impressed by Hannah’s collection. It is very contemporary, with a real understanding of a woman’s body. It feels like something very new in womenswear, which makes her such an exciting winner of the H&M Design Award 2016.”

Eight finalists selected from 40 of the world’s leading design schools presented four looks from their graduation collections at The Orangery in Kensington Place in London yesterday.

24-year-old Jinkins, from London, graduated from the Royal College of Art this year. Her collections feature raw denim and silk with oversized yet feminine silhouettes.

She said: “When my name was announced, it was very surreal and I felt quite emotional. I want to start my own label, and winning the award means I can follow my dream.”

The finalists each won €5,000 (£3,616).


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