Thursday, 13 June 2024

Graduate Fashion Week Announces Day 2 Winners

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Following the exciting first day of presentations, Graduate Fashion Week 2024 has announced Tuesday’s winners across eight categories.

Day 2 of the Graduate Fashion Week 2024 continued to award fresh talents across fashion disciplines with exciting catwalk presentations.

About Graduate Fashion Foundation

Graduate Fashion Foundation is a charitable organisation founded in 1991 by Jeff Banks CBE, Vanessa Denza MBE and John Walford to unify both UK and international universities and create a stronghold for the creative industries to find the best talent. The springboard for new talents, the life force the whole industry relies on. Over the past 33 years, more than 100,000 newly graduated and undergraduate students have been supported and guided by the charity.

GFF's aim remains the same today: dedication to encouraging young people, helping them find employment and getting the best start possible in the fashion industry. The Graduate Fashion Foundation has been also responsible for launching the careers of some of the most successful designers of our time including Christopher Bailey MBE, who was the winner of the first-ever Gold Award and now a Lifetime Patron of the charity; Stella McCartney, Giles Deacon, Matthew Williamson and Julien MacDonald to name a few.

Graduate Fashion Week 2024: Day-2 Winners

On Day 2, Graduate Fashion Week 2024 awarded young students across other eight categories – including Fashion Communications, Fashion Marketing, Digital Fashion and Fashion Photography – presented to stand-out graduates by Gavin Douglas, trustee of the Graduate Fashion Foundation.  

  • The Fashion Communication Portfolio Award was given to Freya Brown from Birmingham City University.
  • The Fashion Marketing Award was presented to Jennifer Harriman from Solent University.
  • The Digital Fashion Award was presented to Emma Andrews from Arts University Bournemouth.
  • Precious Tamanji from De Montfort University walked away with the award for Fashion Photography.

The Terry Mansfield Publication Award went to Zara Tuck from Norwich University who said: “Making the shortlist has been a huge dream of mine for the last few years, so actually winning the prestigious Terry Mansfield Publication Award is an incredible honour. I feel very grateful to everyone that made this possible.” Zara continued: “Once Girls magazine aims to provide comfort to young girls, aged 13-17, helping them to navigate their most formative years. I noticed a decline in teen culture in recent years - often media is created about teenage girls, but not for them. I especially felt that young girls are heavily underserved by fashion publications, and I wanted to change this.”

Bruna Chorincas from De Montfort University won the Moving Image Award.

The Fashion Styling and Creative Direction Award was presented to Brandon Bolland from Art University Bournemouth.

The Inclusive Fashion Award sponsored by Snag was also awarded to Katarina Chovancova.

On winning, Katrina said: “Winning the SNAG Inclusive Fashion Award at Graduate Fashion Week is a deeply personal and meaningful achievement for me. It affirms my passion for creating fashion that is truly accessible and considerate of everyone’s needs, especially those with sensory sensitivities and on the neurodivergent spectrum. Receiving this award means that my efforts to blend aesthetics with functionality and inclusivity have been recognised and appreciated.”

“Every step in my life has been fuelled by inspiration from my own stories and battles, my surroundings, and the remarkable individuals who've crossed my path. This project holds huge personal significance for me, and with NEW ESCAPE, I'm not just building a brand; I'm crafting a movement – one that celebrates diversity, empowers individuals, and reshapes the current fashion industry."

“New Escape's mission isn’t just to raise awareness; it aims to build a calm, safe space for the neurodivergent community and create a sense of belonging, a place where they can feel confident, comfortable, and accepted for who they are.”

Day 2 Catwalk Presentation Winners

The university catwalk shows gave the students a chance to shine in front of industry judges, who selected winners and highly commended designers from each show.

  • The winner of the Winchester School of Art Fashion Presentation was awarded to Alice Daggett, and the Highly Commended Student of the Winchester School of Art Fashion Presentation was Ling Qi.Hannah
  • Bailey walked away as the winner of the Bath Spa University Fashion Presentation.
  • The winner of the Arts University Bournemouth Fashion Presentation was Emily Lanham.
  • The winner of the De Montfort University Fashion Presentation was Thea Hunter, and the Highly Commended Student from DMU was Kira Uddin.
  • Ameilia Perkins walked away as the winner of the MFI at Manchester Metropolitan University Presentation, and Freya Pearson was named as the Highly Commended Student.

On Thursday evening, the selected looks will be featured at the ‘Best of GFW24’ event, giving these designers further exposure and recognition within the industry. At GFW24, an overall Gold, Silver and Bronze Catwalk Award winner will be chosen by esteemed industry judges.

Find more about Graduate Fashion Foundation on the official website and follow