Middlesex University’s talented fashion designers bagged prizes at Graduate Fashion Week scooping second place in the prestigious Mulberry Accessories Award and in the ethical award.
Final year fashion student Lydia Rees was awarded a runner up prize in the Mulberry Accessories Award for her collection of accessories themed around domesticity, glamour and a parody of the female stereotype. Judged by industry specialists, Lydia was presented the esteemed award by Shona Campbell from the luxury British clothing brand Mulberry.
Annest Gwynedd was awarded the second prize for the ethical award judged by ethical fashion designer Ada Zanditon, The Observer’s Lucy Siegle, and Ben Ramsden of the charity Pants for Poverty. She was presented the award by Ben Ramsden.
Lydia’s collection was made up of four bags, three pairs of gloves, two necklaces, bracelet and earrings. The quirky collection had bags themed around wash boards, laundry baskets and mops, as well as beautiful leather gloves created to look like rubber gloves. The main fabrics used were leather and wood, inspired by household surfaces.
Middlesex fashion student Lydia Rees from Hampshire said: “I really enjoyed making the accessories and I’m proud to have won the award for them as the competition was so high. There were lots of entrants with collections of a really high standard, so it’s great to been selected and recognised by such experienced people in the industry.”
A spokesperson from Mulberry said: “Overall the standard of the work was incredibly high, it's amazing to see so much original talent under one roof. As a British brand Mulberry is really proud to support the fashion colleges in the UK, it's important for us to join in and nurture the rising stars of this industry.”
Middlesex took part in this year’s Graduate Fashion Week held from 3-7 June, which showcases the work of more than 1,000 graduates from the UK and international universities and attracting more than 20,000 visitors.
Top photo: model showing off some of Lydia Rees' accessories