ECA scoops top fashion prizes

Edinburgh College of Art students are celebrating unprecedented success at the British Fashion Council’s annual awards for graduates.

Photo of a model wearing clothing designed by Rhys McKenna. Photo credit: Tibor Galamb

Three Fashion students won the first, second and third prizes in the Burberry Fashion Design competition.

One student was also awarded the Topman Graduate Talent Award.

The Fashion Awards – organised by the British Fashion Council (BFC) – aim to identify the top talent emerging from the UK’s leading art colleges.

Career-launching wins

Rhys JP McKenna’s Scottish-inspired menswear collection won the Burberry Fashion Design top prize. His outfits were sculpted using materials such as enamel, metal and copper roof tape.

Jonathan Preston Moore is celebrating two wins – the Topman Graduate Talent award and second prize in the Burberry competition.

His vibrant and playful menswear collection was inspired by American pop culture. Layers of colourful garments are covered in badges, pins and stickers.

Fiona Cartmel was awarded third prize. Her work is 100 per cent sustainable, and her haut-couture show dress was created using cut-offs from clothing manufacturers around the UK.

All students will undertake paid internships in the global fashion houses after they graduate. Rhys was also awarded a cash prize for the top awards.

Megan Mitchell's colourful collection was also among teh top five selected for the Topshop competition.

Prestigious accolades

The Fashion Awards aim to support and celebrate future talent.

The BFC works to create links between fashion education and industry, developing relationships that benefit both.

I am extremely proud and delighted that our students have been recognised by such prestigious awards. This is a huge accolade and testament to the extremely high calibre of work they produce. The students’ modern ideas, innovation and skilful craftsmanship have led to this unprecedented success.

Mal BurkinshawFashion Programme Director, Edinburgh College of Art

Fashion at Edinburgh

Edinburgh College of Art’s Fashion programme produces some of the leading new talent in the industry. Students go on to work in fashion houses such as Stella McCartney, Gucci and Alexander McQueen.

Fashion students are the only ones from Scotland to showcase their work on the catwalk at the annual Graduate Fashion Week (GFW) in London.

In 2014, graduating student Lauren Smith was awarded the GFW George Gold Award. She received £20,000 to kick start her career and a chance to turn her collection into a limited edition range sold in George stores and online.

The students’ success at this year’s Fashion Awards has raised the profile of fashion at Edinburgh once more.

Related links

Fashion BA (Hons)

Fashion MFA/MA

Edinburgh College of Art

British Fashion Council


Photo: Fashion designs by Rhys McKenna. Photo credit: Tibor Galamb.