Bath Spa University celebrated their triumphant win at Graduate Fashion Week with student Chloe Jones taking both the Womenswear and George Gold Award.
Chloe, who graduates from Bath Spa University this year was awarded the £20,000 prize and is eager to get into the industry and put her talent to work.
Chloe has previously worked for couturier Bruce Oldfield and had her work presented at last year’s Graduate Fashion Week having designed a capsule collection for ASOS Black.
Hoping to work within an established brand, Chloe is interested to work within any area of fashion with the hope of following the footsteps of previous Gold Award Winners Stella McCartney, Matthew Williamson and Christopher Bailey.
"I am very excited about the opportunities that are arising following Graduate Fashion Week, and I am hoping to dive straight into the industry. I am open to all opportunities and am looking forward to contributing to the industry in one way or another. If I am lucky enough to have a career anywhere near as successful as the previous Gold Award winners, this will be an incredibly exciting journey". Chloe Jones.
'Chloe Jones' second award of the night - the prestigious Womenswear Award. Chloe, who graduates from Bath Spa University this year was awarded both the Womenswear Award and The George Gold Award for Graduate Fashion Week 2012.
Chloe captivated the Womenswear Judges with her Graduate Collection “Our Father, Who Art in Heaven”, blending couture with concepts from the the ever-popular sports-luxe trend.
Having just graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with BA (Hons) in International Business, Xiaoping chose to enrol on the BA (Hons) Fashion course.
With no knowledge of fashion design four years ago, Xiaoping’s design abilities built up day by day from studying at university, attending exhibitions, looking at designers’ work and interning at designers’ studios such as Giles Deacon and Roksanda Ilincic.
Describing her design identity as fun and playful, Xiaoping is looking to continue her design experience through designer workplace roles before completing an MA in Fashion Design in the future.
STUART PETER'S AWARD-JOUSIANNE PROPP AND CAITLIN CHARLES JONES
MANCHESTER METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY AND KINGSTON UNIVERSITY
Graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University, Jousianne was the recipient of two awards for Graduate Fashion Week 2012, sharing the Stuart Peter’s award with fellow Graduate Caitlin Charles Jones from Kingston University.
Jousianne Propp was awarded her second Award of the night when she scooped the Karen Millen Portfolio Award. With an experimental and inquisitive approach to work, Jousianne’s signature is her use of strong, sculptural pieces, whilst incorporating a range of textures and textiles in her garments. Having graduated from Manchester School of Art this summer, Jousianne is continuing her education at the Royal College of Art in September to gain a Master’s Degree and further her skills.
Caitlin, who is set to start a Womenswear Knitwear MA course at RCA in September describes herself as two contrasting personality traits- impatient and a perfectionist, with only her perfectionism prevailing in her work, “aspiring to create garments that are not only exquisite but also exquisitely wearable”.
Born in Blackpool, Hollie travelled to UCLAN to study BA Fashion Promotion and as part of that course spent a year in placement working with a number of small start-up businesses, giving her first hand experience of what it takes to launch a new brand.
Surprising the Judges with her large skillset, Hollie completed her Final Major Project with her own graphics, styling, photography and finished 3D packaging and promotion, along with the market research and development of the business idea as well.
With a focus on branding and identity, Hollie is hoping to start up her own business which will incorporate ethical practices, enabling Hollie to give back to the Charitable causes that she supports.
Emma Hardstaff studied BA (Hons) Fashion at Edinburgh University and upon Graduation this year, already has a bank of experience and knowledge supporting her.
Having worked for Marc Jacobs International as well as Fashion East, Emma has won several competitions in her field including the Harvey Nichols Collective Award and Medusa Cut & Colour Award this year alone.
Her next step into the industry is to take her place at the Royal College of Art in London where she will continue her studies with a Masters' Degree, but not before she travels to Paris to present her award winning collection this summer.
Sarah studied at Northumbria University for four years, with an ambition to create a collection that was both ethical and stylish.
Sarah succeeded with her Graduate collection – the integrity centred on the upcycling of materials, using only secondhand tweeds and woollen mixes with extreme attention to detail taken. The weight and colour of each hand-selected piece of fabric was carefully considered to ensure the compatible aesthetic of each of the finished garments.
The next step for Sarah’s career is to follow on with her collection and appreciation of ethical fashion, ending with her own business, creating garments of a high quality mainly from secondhand sources, fully considering ethical awareness.
Ami Collins was the 2012 recipient of the Fashion Innovation Award at Graduate Fashion Week, and graduated with First Class Honours from the BA (Hons) Fashion Promotion course at the University of Central Lancashire.
Having gained a wealth of experience at various PR Agencies as an intern, Ami is now looking to apply for graduate schemes and job opportunities within Fashion Marketing, Promotion or within Creative Agencies, in London, Manchester or Leeds.
Kerrie moved from Dundalk, Co. Louth in Ireland Surrey when she was 17 to study a BA (Hons) Degree in Fashion Journalism at UCA Epsom.
Kerrie stood out to the Judges with her concept of Thorn Magazine, based on the transience and symbolism of flowers in fashion, art and culture. Thorn became a very visual magazine and Kerrie collaborated with some amazing artists across the globe to create original pieces for the issue.
Now Kerrie is seeking a role within art direction, journalism or PR. Having interned in each of these fields, as well as starting on the second issue of Thorn, with some great artists lined up to work with, Kerrie is well placed for a career within the industry.
Kingston University student Laura Smallwood describes her design aesthetic as "minimal traditional, taking English themes like heavy wool and transcending these into modern womenswear."
Having Graduated with a Degree in Fashion Design, specialising in womenswear, Laura describes her signature silhouette as "clean, practical and considered, influenced by tradition and beautiful images."
In the past, Laura has travelled to New York to work with Brooks Brothers and having fallen "in love" with the city, hopes to return in the future. With travelling on the agenda, Laura also hopes to visit Europe, in particular France, Italy or Spain. "I feel ready for an exciting new challenge, and a new city and culture!"
Hayley Oldfield, from University of Central Lancashire was awarded the Per Aquum Marketing Award for Graduate Fashion Week 2012.
Having studied Fashion & Brand Promotion at UCLAN University, Hayley has graduated and looks to head straight into the industry.
Describing her award-winning work as “innovative”, Hayley’s future career aim is to work within the creative marketing sector, and with the fantastic Per Aquum Award behind her, Hayley is sure to be working on an exciting new project soon.