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Students scoop 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 the top five selected for the Topshop competition.

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

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