Fashion graduates from Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) have once again rounded off an amazing year with a capacity catwalk show, two students in the ‘best of’ gala, and a host of awards at Graduate Fashion Week.

Lorn Jean won two awards at the 25th anniversary event in London - the Boohoo.com Fashion Innovation Award and the ICG Accessories Award - while Fiona Cartmel won the Vivienne Westwood Ethical Award for a collection made entirely from waste.

Rhys McKenna was runner up in the Oracle Fashion Technology Award for his menswear collection, while Matilda Barrowcliff and Jonathan Preston Moore both featured in the week’s climatic ‘best of’ catwalk show.

Lorn, Rhys and a team of six Fashion students from first, second and third year at ECA also designed the Edinburgh Graduate Fashion Week stand, which placed second out of 40 entries in the Best Stand Award.

ECA at Graduate Fashion Week | textiles, diversity and the Gold Award

Our Fashion - BA (Hons) programme is the only one of its kind in Scotland to show on the catwalk at Graduate Fashion Week, the world's leading event for fashion students and graduates which attracts up to 30,000 guests each June.

Last year, ECA’s Melissa Villevieille won Womenswear Collection of the Year, Catwalk Textiles of the Year and the David Band Textiles Award, while Eleanor Paulin placed second in the Karen Millen Portfolio of the Year Award.

In 2014, Colleen Leitch won the David Band Textiles Award, while Alice Firman - then a second year fashion student - won the Diversity NOW! Zine Award. Alice returned to the catwalk this year to show her unisex graduate collection sponsored by Antonio Marras, Manuela Arcari Ter et Bantine and Sophie Hallette.

In 2013, Lauren Smith was the event’s big winner, walking away with the George Gold Award for Best Collection and £20,000 to kickstart her career. ECA also won the Menswear Award for a collaboration between Fashion graduate Shauni Douglas and Jewellery and Silversmithing graduate, Olivia Creber.


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