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Students from across AUB’s BA (Hons) Fashion and BA (Hons) Fashion Branding and Communication courses have won top awards at this year’s Graduate Fashion Week Awards, which celebrate emerging talent in the fashion industry.

The Graduate Fashion Week Awards, which are held annually by Graduate Fashion Foundation during the Graduate Fashion Week from 20-24 June, attract industry talent and share exciting new ideas and innovations.

BA (Hons) Fashion Branding and Communication student Megan Boister was crowned winner of the Terry Mansfield Fashion Publication Award, after being judged by panellists Namal, Creative Director at Rebel Magazine, and Claudia Croft, Editor-in-Chief at 10 Magazine. MORE

For a second year running, The New Fashion Media Award has been claimed by an AUB student, after BA (Hons) Fashion Branding and Communication’s Paige Armstrong impressed an assembly of industry experts.

The judging panel included Hannah Ngkane, Strategic Partnerships Manager at Pinterest, Freya Murray, Creative Lead and Global Program Manager at Google Arts & Culture Lab, Robyn Blake, Head of Digital Marketing at Victoria Beckham, and Michelle Capp, UK Retail Fashion at Facebook/Instagram EMEA.

Final year BA (Hons) Fashion student Zachary Fornelius won the Fashion Innovation Award, after being judged by designer Jack Irving, Patrick McDowell, Designer in Residence at PINKO and Jimmy Choo Academy, and Philippa Nixon, CEO of ERDEM.

BA (Hons) Fashion Branding and Communication student Tanje Zimba was awarded Runner Up for the FACE Excellence Prize, and BA (Hons) Fashion student Russia Prior was announced Winner of the GFW AUB Catwalk Show, with Vera Gezti being awarded Highly Commended. These collections will be joining the ‘Best of GFW22 Collections’.

Speaking about AUB’s GFW award success, AUB Fashion Course Leaders, El Crehan and Esther Yarnold said: “We’re always proud of all our students who showcase and demonstrate their work at a range of events, including those taking part in Graduate Fashion Week. After all the hard work that takes place throughout the academic year the opportunity to showcase collections on the Catwalk and Fashion Branding and Communication work within the Dome Pop-Up exhibition, is an important celebration and a springboard for their future careers.

“The Graduate Fashion Week Awards are a great opportunity for our students to engage with designers, creators, and innovators within the industry, as well as demonstrate their fantastic work to an audience of course colleagues, peers, family, and industry experts.”

The wins build on a raft of previous AUB successes at Graduate Fashion Week, including last year’s Fashion Range Plan Award Winner Abigail Wall, whose work impressed GFW Judge Fiona Lambert, MD at Jaeger, and New Fashion Media Award winner Jordy Mawhood whose work impressed the sponsors and judges from TikTok for its handling of challenging subject matter.

In 2020, fellow graduates Stephanie Ransom won the Adaptation Award, and Olga Petrusewicz won the Fashion Digital Communication Portfolio Award.

Full list of Graduate Fashion Week 2022 successes


BA (Hons) Fashion

WINNER Zachary Fornelius : GFW Fashion Innovation Award

WINNER Russia Prior : GFW AUB Catwalk Show

HIGHLY COMMENDED Vera Geszti : GFW AUB Catwalk Show

SHORTLISTED Alex Petrou : GFW Fashion Innovation Award

SHORTLISTED Zachary Fornelius : GFW Hilary Alexander Sustainability Trailblazer award

SHORTLISTED Jack Pluckrose : GFW Sports and Leisurewear award

SHORTLISTED Zachary Fornelius : GFW Fashion Range Plan Award

SHORTLISTED Alex Petrou : GFW Fashion New Media Award

SHORTLISTED Russia Prior : GFW Fashion Concept Award

SHORTLISTED Freddy Woodroffe : GFW YKK Accessories award

SELECTED Alex Petrou : GFW Shop Trail; Samsung X

SELECTED Jessica Horton : GFW Brands’ Portfolio Day; Burberry

SELECTED Ella Clow : GFW Brands’ Portfolio Day; Asos

SELECTED Alice Fraser : GFW Brands’ Portfolio Day; Asos

SELECTED Russia Prior : GFW Brands’ Portfolio Day; Asos

BA (Hons) Fashion Branding and Communication

WINNER Paige Armstrong New Fashion Media Award

WINNER Megan Boister The Terry Mansfield Fashion Publication Award

WINNER Charlotte Hares GFW Tag Your Talent
RUNNER UP Tanje Zimba The FACE Excellence Prize

SHORTLISTED Natasha Dobbe Fashion Styling and Creative Direction Award

SHORTLISTED Paige Armstrong Fashion Illustration

SHORTLISTED Molly Donohue Considered Fashion Award

SELECTED Alexander De Guzman Brands’ Portfolio Day; Dr Martens

SELECTED Molly Donohue Brands’ Portfolio Day; Dr Martens

SELECTED Megan Boister Shop Trail; Earl of East

SELECTED Alexander De Guzman Shop Trail; Earl of East

SELECTED Charlotte Hares Shop Trail; Earl of East

SELECTED Auriol Symons Shop Trail; Earl of East

SELECTED Tanje Zimba Diversity and Inclusion Pop-Up

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