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Wednesday 3 June 2015

A double win for NTU's Ella at Graduate Fashion Week 2015

Ella receiving her award from Suzy Menkes and Laura Whitmore.
Ella receiving her award from Suzy Menkes and Laura Whitmore.

It was an honour to have taken part in such a prestigious show, and to represent my course and the University. It’s a night I will remember forever!
Ella Nisbett

At last night's industry and star-studded Graduate Fashion Week 2015 awards show, Ella Nisbett, BA (Hons) Fashion Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles, was crowned the winner of the Stuart Peters Visionary Knitwear Award and the Menswear Award.

Graduate Fashion Week (GFW), in collaboration with George, is the world's leading event for fashion students, taking place at the Old Truman Brewery in London. It provides a platform for more than 1,000 graduates, from forty of the most influential UK and international universities, to showcase their work to industry.

Also shortlisted for the awards show was NTU BA (Hons) Fashion Design student Rachel Siggee, whose bold printed menswear collection A is for Androgyny has received high praise since first appearing on the catwalk in Nottingham last month.

Ella told us: "When my name was called for the knitwear award I was so amazed and happy. Then when the menswear award was announced I was absolutely shocked. The menswear standard this year was so incredibly high, so to have won the award is overwhelming and incredible."

Ian McInnes , Course Leader, BA (Hons) Fashion Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles, commented: "We are delighted with the news of Ella's double win. Industry visitors and judges commented on her work's originality in fabric and shape and the intelligent use of knit in colour proportion and silhouette for menswear."

Ella follows in the footsteps of previous NTU winners, including Rebecca Swann and Aimee Dunn who took home the knitwear award and menswear award respectively at last year's event. Ella also becomes the sixth student from our BA (Hons) Fashion Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles course to win a major award at Graduate Fashion Week, since 2008

This has been another fantastic year for NTU at the event, with a number of our students shortlisted for prestigious awards, including:

  • Natasha Undrell, BA (Hons) Fashion Design, named runner up in the George Childrenswear Competition winning a two-month paid placement with George at Asda
  • Chloe Trimmer and Georgia Benney, BA (Hons) Fashion Communication and Promotion, both shortlisted in the final ten for the Boohoo Fashion Innovation Award
  • Shan He, BA (Hons) Fashion Accessory Design, runner up in the Accessories Award
  • Lauren Mustoe, BA (Hons) Photography, shortlisted for the Fashion Photography Award.

We've also had a really special opportunity for our BA (Hons) Photography students, giving a selected group the opportunity to shoot at Graduate Fashion Week for the Press Association. The Year Two and Three students were briefed by Edward Smith, Head of Entertainment Content at PA Images, given full press access at the event on Monday 1 June, and the opportunity to sell their work through the Press Association website.

Julie Pinches, Associate Dean of the School of Art & Design commented: "GFW is still unprecedented around the world for the promotion of UK fashion graduate talent. We have received an incredible response from the fashion industry looking to recruit our graduates and NTU is the first choice stop for many brands visiting the stand to view work and offer employment opportunities.

"2015 has been another fantastic year of successes and my congratulations to Ella for winning both the menswear and knitwear awards, which is a first in the history of GFW! Also congratulations to all the nominees who were shortlisted - the School is very proud of these achievements."