Womenswear designer Amanda Wakeley, Patrick Grant, creative director at tailor Norton & Sons and E.Tautz, Harpers Bazaar editor Lucy Yeomans and Fiona Lambert, brand director of George at Asda, will judge this year’s Graduate Fashion Week Gold Award.
The panel will review ten shortlisted collections made from 19 catwalk shows and will interview students before selecting a winner, who will receive a prize of £20,000. They will also select a winner in menswear and womenswear.
Wakeley, who last year received an OBE for her services to the fashion industry, said: “Seeing new designer’s at the start of their career is so inspirational and I’m sure we’ll spot some of the stars of tomorrow. British universities are renowned for their creativity and inspirational training of the world’s fashion industry and I can’t wait to see what this year’s generation has in store for us.”
The finalists have been selected by a panel of preliminary judges, including Sandra Hill, head of womenswear at Paul Smith, Mark Eley of Eley Kishimoto and George at Asda head designer Sadie Robson, who have visited every university show to find the hottest talent. They will also select the nominations for the BHM Visionary Knitwear Award and Zandra Rhodes Catwalk Textile Awards
Graduate Fashion Week, which kicks off on Sunday (June 5), aims to showcase the best talent from the UK’s fashion and design universities.