Nottingham Trent University Impresses On The Catwalk at Graduate Fashion Week 2017

Nottingham Trent University Impresses On The Catwalk at Graduate Fashion Week 2017

Designers wowed industry judges and visitors alike at Graduate Fashion Week 2017 in London this June.

Now in its 26th year, the event is an unrivalled platform for the promotion of new fashion talent, giving students the chance to have the their work seen by fashion industry experts, the
media, retail giants, design brands and fashion celebrities at the Old Truman Brewery in London’s creative East End.


Sarah Rafferty

BA (Hons) Fashion Design student Sarah Rafferty was shortlisted in the final top 25 ‘Best of Graduate Fashion Week’ show, for her striking tailored menswear collection inspired by her work placement year in Manhattan, New York.

Abigail Coop

BA (Hons) Fashion Knitwear Design student Abigail Coop was also shortlisted and came overall second in the highly coveted Christopher Bailey Gold Award, which recognises exceptional creativity and craftsmanship. She was also the runner-up of the Visionary Knitwear Award.

Amy Vanderwal

Congratulations also went to BA (Hons) Fashion Design student Amy Vanderwal, who collected the TU Menswear Scholarship Award, recognising her as the most creative and inspiring student judged by TU and getting her a year-long placement with the brand.

All students of BA (Hons) Fashion Design and BA (Hons) Fashion Knitwear Design at NTU get directly involved with industry briefs and competitions during their course – this ensures that they gain valuable experience and an understanding of how the global fashion industry works.

“We’re really proud of our presence at the show and the quality of the work that came through. We were up there with the very best of them and our feedback from industry visitors was amazing. This event is really important for us; it leads many of our graduates into great careers in the industry”
Gilly Staples, Course Leader Fashion Design at the School of Art & Design

To find out more about these fashion courses, and the amazing industry projects, competitions and briefs that their students get involved with, visit an NTU open day on 7 October, 4 November or 2 December 2017.

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