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Top fashion award for former student Rebecca

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Former SGS learner Rebecca Wilson has won the prestigious Christopher Bailey Gold Award at Graduate Fashion Week.

Named after the first winner of the award in 1992, Christopher Bailey, Rebecca received the award for her menswear, womenswear and childrenswear collection. Rebecca also received a prize of £10,000 and a £2,000 award to her university.

The judges said Rebecca’s collection demonstrated an exceptional ability in its creative process, design, cut and craftsmanship, as well as the colours and fabrics used. Both innovation, creativity and concept development were noted, as the judges selected from the top 25 collections. 

Speaking of her surprise, Rebecca said:

“I feel ecstatic, I can’t believe it, what an incredible award to win. My collection is inspired by Victorian working class clothing and Victorian family portraits looking at the beauty in the wear and tear of garments.”

Member of the judging panel, Diane Von Furstenberg, said:

“fantastic! I was really impressed, an incredibly forceful collection.”

Speaking about Rebecca’s success, Head of Department for Art, Culture and Media at SGS Stroud, Kayleigh Ross, said:

“It’s fantastic to see our learners go out into the world and achieve great things. Rebecca was hard-working, creative and talented. She truly deserves this recognition.”

The Christopher Bailey Gold Award had an esteemed panel of judges, including Diane Von Furstenberg, GFW Global Ambassador Christopher Raeburn, Kevin Carrigan, Senior Vice President and Creative Director of Ralph Lauren, Gillian Wilkins, Fashion Director, Elle, Gena Smith, SVP, Head of Global Creative Recruitment, LVMH, Mandi Lennard, Fashion PR and Founder, Mandi's Basement, Nathan Jenden, Chief Design Officer & VP Creative at DVF, Duvo Olowu, Senior Fashion Director at LOVE Magazine and Tim Blanks, Editor-At-Large, Business of Fashion.

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