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Graduate Fashion Week 2014: Q&A

Q&A with Lauren Smith of Edinburgh College of Art, 2013 George Gold Award winner.

You won last year’s George Gold Award. How did you feel when they read your name out?

I was in shock. I remember my friends hugging me and then trying to walk up to the catwalk without falling, which was incredibly difficult as I was shaking so much.

What do you think set your collection apart?

The personal nature of the range. I’m so pleased people picked up on that.

It’s been a busy year for you as you also won graduate of the year at the Scottish Fashion Awards (for 2013). How did that feel?

It was amazing. I feel so lucky to have been a part of all these events. It was unbelievable to win both awards.

What have you been doing since?

I’ve been studying for my master’s degree in textiles at Edinburgh College of Art, and I’ve spent time at George House
(the headquarters for George at Asda) in Lutterworth, Leicestershire, where I’ve been designing my collection for the George G21 Talent range.

How was your time at George? What did you learn?

It was great. I got to see a different side of the industry, and the opportunity to design a range was amazing. My G21 Talent collection launched at George’s pop-up shop [at The Truman Brewery venue in east London] on the opening GFW weekend, which was so exciting.

Would you encourage other students to take part in GFW?

Absolutely. It’s so important to be able to talk about your work with members of the industry and get some feedback so you can get a sense of what works well and how your vision is perceived.

What would your advice be to this year’s winner?

Stay calm, and stay true to your ideas and vision.

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