Students celebrate fashion week success

Students at Edinburgh College of Art have won a number of top awards at one of the fashion industry’s most prestigious events.

Graduating ECA fashion students were awarded 11 of the 18 accolades at Graduate Fashion Week. Seven out of the 25 collections selected for the Gala Show were Edinburgh College of Art Students.

Edinburgh College of Art’s entry into Graduate Fashion Week was sponsored by Turcan Connell.

Thoughtful designs

Aurelie Fontan won the M&S Womenswear Collection of the Year at the glittering ceremony in London.

She also won the Catwalk Textiles Award and the Dame Vivienne Westwood Sustainable and Ethical Award.

Sustainable fashion was Aurelie’s main focus. She grew the materials for her own textile to make an oversized black and bronze collection, held together using hundreds of soluble cable ties.  

Aurelie was runner up for the Christopher Bailey Gold Award, the Hilary Alexander Trailblazer Award, sponsored by Swarovski, and the Considered Design Showcase, sponsored by Johnstons of Elgin.

The judges seemed really interested in my collection, which is very intricate. I grew my own textiles for one of the pieces - so I essentially grew my own dress. I think they saw the effort that went into my collection.

Aurelie Fontan Fashion student, Edinburgh College of Art

Runaway successes

Several other Edinburgh students were successful at Graduate Fashion Week.

Marta Kazmierzcak won the David Band Textiles Award for her bold designs.

Maddy Stringer’s striking PVC collection was runner up for the Catwalk Textiles Award.

Edinburgh College of Art’s overall runway show was also recognised, winning the Gap Inc Catwalk Show Award.

Edinburgh Also won the Stand Design award, showcasing a fully sustainable approach to Fashion exhibition.

Graduate Fashion Week

Graduate Fashion Week is the world’s leading event for fashion graduates. It has launched the careers of – among others – Stella McCartney, Julien Macdonald and Christopher Bailey.

Showcasing the work of more than 1,000 graduates from some of the most influential UK and international universities, Graduate Fashion Week is the biggest platform for upcoming creative design talent.

The awards were presented at Graduate Fashion Week’s closing gala show.

We are absolutely thrilled about the student successes at this year’s GFW. Having seven students selected for the Best of GFW Gala Show was unprecedented and a huge surprise for all. Winning the Best Catwalk Show of the week is testament to the high quality, innovation and future thinking in all of the collections showcased.

Mal BurkinshawFashion Programme Director at Edinburgh College of Art

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