Young Designer of The Year Named by Midlands Fashion Awards

Young Designer of The Year Named by Midlands Fashion Awards

Autumn saw fashionistas from around the region gather for an evening of forward facing fashion and design from some of the UK’s hottest new designers. Celebrating almost a decade at the forefront of fashion in the Midlands, this year’s Midland Fashion Awards saw a record number of entrants competing for the crown of Young Designer of the Year, sponsored by Sixtynine Degrees magazine.

Following a spectacular catwalk which showcased an impressive array of work from young designers, all of them from the midlands, the judges chose Leamington Spa’s Sophie Gordan as the winner of the prestigious Young Designer of the Year award. A recent graduate, Sophie Gordon wowed the judges with her simple designs, proving the time honoured design rule of less is more.

The collection showcased at the awards was made up of designs from Sophie’s final year show for her three year BA course in Fashion Apparel Design at Coventry University which focused on reinventing wardrobe classics into timeless pieces.

“My aim for the collection was to create considered simple designs that were functional and modern but which reflected reinvented wardrobe classics that are made to last beyond the season” said Sophie.

“My fabric inspiration came from futuristic technology which is reflected in my choice of shiny silver fabric and dark grey neoprene. In the future I would like to go on to create my own label, designing and making womenswear as this has always been my lifelong passion, in the meantime I hope to continue on furthering my design and manufacturing skills and to become a confident, skilful designer.”

The awards were judged by industrial professionals including Jenny Eason, Founder of Midlands Fashion Awards. On the awards Jenny said, “The pool of fashion design talent here in the Midlands is exceptional. When we announced the 2016 awards earlier this year, we were inundated with hundreds of applications from designers, seeking to use MFA as a platform to become recognised.”

Created in Birmingham the Midlands Fashion Awards (MFA) celebrates and rewards fashion, creativity, providing emerging designers across the Midlands with the opportunity to showcase their talent. The Midlands Fashion Awards bring together some of the best emerging designers from across the region and beyond. Next year’s event is already being planned.

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