Friday, June 3, 2011

Graduate Fashion Week Announces George Gold Award

                         Eileen-Pang Liv., modelled by Amber le Bon, Photo: JOHN WRIGHT

As the biggest-prize in British Fashion Education, Graduate Fashion Week Gold Award has become one of the most anticipated and coveted on the fashion calendar. Graduate Fashion Week is delighted to announce that the panel of judges for this year’s award will be Amanda Wakeley, Patrick Grant, creative director Norton & Sons and E.Tautz, Lucy Yeomans, editor-Harpers Bazaar and Fiona Lambert, design director, George.

Date: June 5-8, 2011
Venue: Earls Court 2, London

Amanda Wakeley launched her signature label in 1990 and over the last two decades has developed an international reputation for designing stylish, supremely luxurious, womenswear and accessories. Amanda was awarded an OBE for her services to the fashion industry on 16th February 2010. She is also the winner of several awards including-three British Fashion-Awards for Glamour.

Over the years, Amanda Wakeley has dressed-stars such as; Scarlett Johansson, Demi Moore, Kate Beckinsdale, Dita Von Teese, Charlize Theron, Jada Pinkett Smith, Mischa Barton, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Helen Mirren and Kate Winslet. Amanda Wakeley has also had the honour to dress-many members of Royal families, most notably the late Princess of Wales and Queen Rania of Jordan.

Amanda Wakeley
"I am really excited about being involved in the judging of this year's Gold Award at Graduate Fashion Week. Seeing new designer's at the start of their career is so inspirational-and I'm sure we'll spot some of the stars of tomorrow. British Universities are renowned for their creativity and inspirational training of the world's fashion industry and I can't wait to see what this year's generation-has in store for us."

Celebrated-menswear designer Patrick Grant has been the creative director of men’s luxury ready to wear brand E. Tautz since 2009 when he revived this classic British brand. Patrick is the current British Fashion Council’s Menswear Designer of the Year and the only menswear designer to make the shortlist for the BFC/Vogue Fashion-Fund (2009 and 2010).

Patrick Grant
“Britain’s fashion schools-attract the best young talent and their record of producing exceptional designers is unmatched. I am excited to see the very best of this year’s graduating-class."

The judges-will review ten shortlisted collections made from 19 catwalk shows and put the students through a gruelling interview process, before selecting the winner of the £20,000 prize money. They will also select a Menswear and Womenswear award-winner. 

To ensure that absolutely-none of the event’s exceptional catwalk talent is missed, an elite industry panel of preliminary judges is in place to join the audience at every university show to highlight what they consider to be the hottest collection from each show. The judges include GFW Trustee Professor Wendy Dagworthy, Sandra Hill, Paul Smith Head of Womenswear, Mark Eley (Eley Kishimoto) and Head of design, Sadie Robson from-George at Asda.