Hatfield students scoop fashion awards

PUBLISHED: 12:24 23 May 2017 | UPDATED: 12:24 23 May 2017

The University of Hertfordshire

The University of Hertfordshire


Four Hatfield students scooped coveted awards at the University of Hertfordshire’s Graduate Fashion Show.

The fashion students were honoured for their innovative designs by some of the biggest names in the industry at the annual event held earlier this month in Chelsea Old Town Hall.

Annie Sophocleous won the Ted Baker Award for Designer of the Year for her snow queen inspired collection, featuring rich textures and laser cuts, and also bagged a two-week internship at the company.

She said: “I am overwhelmed to have won this award – I can’t believe it. I am really looking forward to my internship with Ted Baker and can’t wait to start.”

Zhou Lu received the Maria Grachvogel Award for Best Use of Colour and Print, with judges marvelling at her “beautifully executed and beautifully made” embroidery details.

She said: “I’m really excited and surprised but happy to have won this award.”

The Ally Capellino award for Most Creative Use of Fabric was presented to Sameeta Shrestha for her use of matte and colour combinations in her collection, inspired by architecture.

Sameeta said: “It feels great to have received this award. All the hard work investing the time and money in the fabric has all paid off. To see it come to life is just brilliant.”

The Most Commercially Viable Collection award from F&F, which included a two-week placement with the brand, was awarded to Emma Green, whose collection was based on Portuguese architecture.

She said: “It’s amazing to have won this – I didn’t expect anything like this so I’m over the moon. The two-week placement is great as industry experience is key and F&F is so commercial.

“It will give me lots of experience and knowledge that I need to move forward.”

Programme leader at the University of Hertfordshire and show co-ordinator, Tony Rosella, said: “This year’s Graduate Fashion Show once again truly showcased the amazing talents of our young designers.

“We hope that these visionary young people will go on to have successful careers in all areas of the fashion industry.”

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