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Outstanding talents at River Island Gold Award

May '07
"The talent was extraordinary, everybody had a point of view and the students were so articulate, it was really refreshing. James Lawrence, the winner of this year's Graduate Fashion Week, is a fine example of the high standard that we saw throughout the shows” Christopher Bailey, Creative Director, Burberry.

It's the looking glass into the future of fashion, celebrating the work of more than 1000 of the finest fashion students from 48 universities across the UK for the biggest showcase of young talent in the world.

Last year Graduate Fashion Week celebrated its 15th anniversary and once again it demonstrated its importance on the international fashion calendar attracting some of the industry's biggest players and most influential international commentators.

Richard Bradbury, Managing Director of title sponsor River Island was joined by Glenda Bailey, US Harpers Bazaar Editor and Burberry Creative Director Christopher Bailey to judge and present the second River Island Gold Award to James Lawrence from Northumbria University.

Mulberry star Stuart Vevers and Pringle Knitwear's Creative Director Clare Waight Keller joined other GFW supporters Zandra Rhodes, Jimmy Choo OBE, Mark Eley (Eley Kishimoto) Alice Smith & Cressida Pye (International recruiters Smith & Pye) and Liberty's Design Director Tamara Salman on the prestigious panel that judged and presented the remaining Gala Exhibition and Catwalk awards.

Students vied for attention from representatives from Hermes, Missoni, Abercrombie & Fitch, Burberry and River Island as well as many other top fashion brands and recruiters and industry heavyweights Hilary Riva (British Fashion Council), Suzy Menkes (International Herald Tribune) and Katy Grand joined guests at the Gala show.

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