The esteemed Gold Award Winner at GFW18, was Arts University Bournemouth graduate Rebecca Wilson, who received the prestigious prize this June. Inspired by the photographs of Victorian working class families, taken by August Sander and Horace Warner, Rebecca set out to create a collection that combined traditional and contemporary techniques. 

The award was judged by an array of experts from the industry including Diane Von Furstenberg, Christopher Raeburn, Kevin Carrigan, Senior Vice President and Creative Director at Ralph Lauren, Gillian Wilkins, Fashion Director, Elle, Gena Smith, SVP, Head of Global Creative Recruitment, LVMH, Duvo Olowu, Senior Fashion Director at LOVE Magazine and Tim Blanks, Editor-At-Large, Business of Fashion. Find out more about the award winning designer, as we talk the event, the excitement of winning and where she's heading next. 



Firstly, a huge congratulations on winning at Graduate Fashion Week 2018! What award did you win? 

The Christopher Bailey Gold Award.


How did it feel when your name was read out?

I was overwhelmed with emotion. So excited, speechless and couldn’t believe it.


Which university did you attend, and how do you think they prepared you for graduation?

I attended Arts University Bournemouth. This course has taught to be able to work to tight deadlines, make decisions, not to be afraid to get things wrong and how to work to my full potential.



Describe the inspiration and concept behind your work.

My collection tells the story of a Victorian working class family based on the photographs taken by August Sander and Horace Warner. The textiles in this collection use a combination of modern and traditional techniques to recreate the look of pre loved passed down clothing that has forged its own rich history.


What one thing would you recommend our readers do whilst at the event?

I would recommend talking to as many people as possible, whether talking people through your portfolio, network with peers from different universities, or connecting with industry experts. You never know what a conversation might lead to. 


 What do you plan to pursue now, and where do you hope to be in five years time?

I have really enjoyed the whole process of creating my collection, from concept development, design, through to textile creation and final manufacture, therefore I am excited to take on whatever opportunities arise, and gain experience in the industry. Maybe in a few years I will look in to doing a master’s in fashion or textiles. 


 If you could give one piece of advice to yourself in first year, what would it be?

Experiment and take every opportunity that is given to you, and never be afraid to ask lots of questions!