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River Island Gold award

Rebecca Thomson, Manchester Metropolitan University School of Art

Sculpture was taken to a super-sized degree in Rebecca Thomson’s collection. Funnelled folds of pinstriped fabric were beefed up with extra layers of gauzy white material, which snaked across the torso and over one shoulder, or festooned the upper body to give the effect of a giant rippled snowball.

Thomson’s fabric manipulation extended to long laser-cut scarves and high-necked café au lait-coloured capes. More commercial pieces included grey jersey pants, which spiked at the hips.

“We all agreed on [Rebecca as] the winner because of her good sense of proportions, the unusual and interesting combination of fabric and for the contemporary feeling of her collection [and] strong knowledge of tailoring,” said designer and GFW judge Alberta Ferretti.

“Rebecca offers something quite fresh and subtle,” added David Saunders, founder of Fashion East brand, David David.

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