Picture 2: Ben Duncan, Katie Tattersall, Abiola Onabule
The judges highly praised Westminster’s graduate work with its “strong communication through illustration” and “exceptional portfolio management and navigation”. The varied range and scope of approaches was also noted with the “use of exceptional, diverse techniques in illustration” so that “each student’s individuality shone through”. Finally, “collectively, designs were cohesive because of their clear illustrative skills”.
The Fashion Monitor Outstanding Portfolio Award honours the best portfolios from both the student and college. The portfolios were judged on the students’ ability to manage a brief and show their development to their final line-up.
The WGSN Illustration Award is given to the course whose portfolios feature the most exceptional fashion illustrations. The Fashion Design BA Honours course at Westminster, was previously awarded the BFC Fashion Illustration Award in 2012, 2014 and 2015.
The awards were presented to Course Director Andrew Groves, by Sarah Mower, Vogue.com’s chief critic and the BFC’s Ambassador for Emerging Talent. Additionally, final year student Lloyd Husband was announced as the winner of the BFC X Coach competition at the event, and was awarded £3000.
Now in its 23rd year, the Graduate Preview Day highlighted a wealth of new, young and innovative British design students due to graduate this summer. The event, which provides an invaluable networking opportunity for the colleges, was attended by representatives from ASOS, Burberry, Harrods, Harvey Nichols, River Island, Topshop, and media including The Evening Standard, Vogue Italy, Vogue USA, Wallpaper and WWD.