This year’s Swarovski International Fashion Award Catwalk marked the largest to date with student collections from 48 design schools including The New School Parsons in New York, Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in China, Osaka Institute of Fashion in Japan and the Accademia Costume & Moda Rome. The competition put student work on display for high-caliber industry judges from Calvin Klein, Burberry, Ralph Lauren and Vogue Italia.
Menswear designer Danqi Chen of the Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology impressed across the board with her exceptional ability in design, cut, craftsmanship, and fabric. She was awarded a £1,000 prize as well as the opportunity to showcase at London Fashion Week SS19.
In addition, Kingston University alumni Pimchanek Chaiphet was the first-ever winner of the Swarovski Sustainable Accessories Competition. The designer brought awareness to Thailand’s socio-ethical issues by integrating upcycled crystal and electronic waste into her collection.
The Hilary Alexander Trailblazer Award was granted to Evelyn Babin of The University for the Creative Arts Epsom for her Tanzanian craftsmanship techniques and use of natural materials like banana leaves.
Since its inception in 1991, Graduate Fashion Week has been heralded for launching the careers of fashion’s most reputable designers including Stella McCartney, Giles Deacon, Matthew Williamson, Julien Macdonald and Christopher Bailey, the eponymous winner of the first-ever Gold Award. As a key supporter of developing talent, Swarovski continues its second year of partnership to fuel innovation in fashion.