Five UWE students celebrate success at London Graduate Fashion Week

Issue date: 10 June 2013


Fashion design, illustration and photography students from UWE Bristol have won national recognition for their work at this year's Graduate Fashion Week in London.

In five out of six awards students won accolades. The winner and runner-up for the GFW prize for Fashion Photography were both UWE students – Dean Stephen Davies and Faye Johnson. The ID Magazine 'diversity now' award for Fashion Illustration was won by Nicole McCartney.

Lora O'Callaghan was named runner-up in the GFW prize for Fashion Media and Charlotte Skeate was runner-up in the GFW prize for Fashion Innovation.

Programme leader Deborah Southerland said, “This is great news for the students and the team.

“Congratulations to all the prize winners and runners-up who have worked so hard and with such passion over the last three years. They are fantastic ambassadors for what we do at UWE and we are very proud of them.

“This is an outstanding result for Fashion at UWE and demonstrates perfectly the relevance and impact of our curriculum. We have a great team of academics, creatives and technicians who support the students during their programme and to be recognised so extensively on an international stage is fantastic.”

Dean Stephen Davies

Dean views fashion from a very specific point of view, and his work responds to social and political issues that are at the heart of contemporary culture. He produces work that challenges popular conventions of what fashion can be, and he strives to test the limits of our understanding of fashion. He is unique in his year in both designing and making his garments as well as producing the outstanding photography that won him the award.

Nicole McCartney

Nicole's winning fashion illustration using an amputee and a post-chemo woman. The intricate drawings accurately mirror the sultry looks of fashion models and the repetition of stripes on the clothing are cleverly presented and show how visible difference can be almost disguised or missed completely. The drawing does not try to hide the obvious visible difference but shows how preconceptions of beauty can be obliterated through images that are at one inclusive and insightful.

Faye Johnson

Faye completed a very successful work placement at LOVE magazine in her second year, and this professional engagement had a significant impact on the development of her work. Her work focuses on the construction of narrative in the photographic image using fashion contexts and references. Visually seductive, her work brings to light what is often overlooked.

Lora O'Callaghan

Fashion illustration has always been a strong element in Lora's work, in particular the exquisite combinations of hand-drawn and photographic imagery that are evident in her outstanding portfolio.

Charlotte Skeate

Charlotte approaches fashion from a conceptual perspective and her work is focused on questioning and testing accepted ideas of what fashion is. She uses a range of media to unpick and unravel questions around identity and gender and has produced a highly sophisticated and intelligent body of work.

The work of UWE's fashion graduates is on display Monday 10 - Thursday 13 June from 10.00 – 20.00 each day at UWE's Bower Ashton campus as part of this year's Creative Industries Degree Show.

The cream of the crop will also feature at London's New Designers 2013 show on 26- 29 June.

The students have produced a wonderful Fashion Film of their designs, made at UWE's Centre for Sport.

A selection of work can also be seen as part of the Creative Industries students' gallery.

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