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GFW Gold Award

Rory Langdon Nottingham Trent University

In what was arguably the most commercially accomplished womenswear collection at GFW, BA student Rory Langdon from Nottingham Trent University delivered metal-embellished knitwear to win the prestigious £20,000 George Gold Award.

Ribbed knitwear, adorned with zips and chain mail, was used in layers and contrasted with sheer fabrics on sleeves and bottoms of skirts. Silhouettes were predominantly slim, with an emphasis on the waist. Dresses and skirts were the focus.

But a sombre palette of black with grey and silver accents, together with zip and rucksack buckle-like details, gave a hard edge to the feminine profile.Sitting on the front row, Biba founder Barbara Hulanicki said the collection
was “top notch”, adding that she loves “anything that is black”.

The judges praised Langdon’s “bold yet simple idea”. They said the collection was “cohesive and immaculately constructed with outstanding craftsmanship”.

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