As the first day of GFW comes to an end, it means it’s time to announce the awards winners. Chairman of Graduate Fashion Week, Mark Newton Jones summarised the day by stating “I have been overwhelmed, given the terrible incident last night in London that it hasn’t stopped people from coming along.” After a day packed with events, catwalks, displays, interactive events, and tutorials, it truly shows how dedicated everyone who takes part are for GFW. The awards for the first day of Graduate Fashion Week are:

Boux Avenue Swimwear & Lingerie Award

Judges: Debbie Duckett (Boux Avenue), Alex Paphitis (Boux Avenue) Caroline Rothwell (Boux Avenue)

Swimwear Award Winner: Lucy Watkins from De Montfort University

Lingerie Award Winner: Charley Chiddle from De Montfort University


Dame Vivienne Westwood Sustainable and Ethical Award Sponsored by Lenzing Group, Supported by the Sustainable Angle and the Ethical Fashion Forum

Judges: Oya Barlas (Lenzing), Amanda Johnston (Sustainable Angle), Quilae Wong (Ethical Fashion Forum) and Jennifer Thiel (Vivienne Westwood)

Sustainable and Ethical Award Winner: Catherine Watts from The University of Salford


David Band Textiles Award

Judges: Veronica Potocko (Stella McCartney), Celia Britwell, and Sabinna Rachimova (SABINNA)

David Band Textiles Award Winner: Stefan Efobi from Manchester School of Arts


New Media Award

Judges: Jessica Bumpus, and Camilla Morton

New Media Award Winner: Che-Ling Shek from The University of Central Lancashire


Mark Newton Jones would like to thank the sponsors for their continuous support. “Without them, none of this would be possible.” 

We would like to thank everyone who joined us today at the awards, as well as a massive congratulations to the winners. 

Graduate Fashion Week looks forward to seeing everyone again tomorrow night!