Two BA (Hons) Fashion graduates have been awarded prestigious prizes by couture French lacemaker, Sophie Hallette.

The University Design Challenge invites students from around the world to invent the future fashions of their dreams, with the support of Sophie Hallette. Students are supplied with lace and tulle and encouraged to let their imagination and needles wander.

The daring and invention displayed takes a fresh approach to a material that is hundreds of years old. The collections are judged by a panel of experts.

George Hollins was awarded First Runner Up in the 2016 University Design Challenge. The judges said of his work:

Streetwear cuts (bermudas, sweatshirt), urban monochromes (grey, black, white) and military camouflage inspiration with an amazing finesse for menswear. This AUB student’s skillful, virtuoso hand quiltings and lace appliques on 3-D garments update the codes of menswear.”

Earlier in the year, George showcased his graduate collection at Graduate Fashion Week’s 25th anniversary Gala show, where he went on to receive the George at Asda Catwalk to Store award. 

Tereza Kocichova was awarded Third Prize in the Challenge and was recognised by the judges for her impressive technique:

Lace rises to the challenge for this AUB student in her impressively minute smocking techniques, her hand-dyed, graded springtime colours and her lightweight, textured, layered textiles… The result: subtle silhouettes full of a sophisticated energy.

George and Tereza’s work is featured in the Sophie Hallette Autumn/Winter 2017 look book.

You can read more about the success of this year’s graduates here.