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LCF MA 2014 graduate nominated for Scottish Fashion Awards

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Published date 10 July 2014
Barbra Kolasinski

Barbra Kolasinski, MA Design Technology Womenswear

The Scottish Fashion Awards have been announced this week with an impressive list of nominees and honourees for the 9th annual fashion extravaganza, which includes MA14 Graduate Barbra Kolasinski. The event will take place in London on the 1st September 2014 and will be co-hosted by The Secretary of State for Scotland Alistair Carmichael MP as well as awards founder Dr Tessa Hartmann and Grazia’s editor-in-chief, Jane Bruton.

The awards will be hosted by Laura Whitmore and will be followed by a Scottish banquet to be attended by industry insiders and major fashion players from around the world to celebrate the best of Scottish fashion and design talent. Barbra is nominated alongside fashion big-hitters including Jonathan Saunders, Christopher Kane and Holly Fulton as well as textile leaders like Dhu, Brora and Queene & Belle.

Barbra’s Graduate collection showed back in February at our annual MA show is called ‘the clan’ and it references her Scottish background. She explained to us at the show that there are a variety of tartans that can identify a family name in Scotland and she hope that her collection identifies herself in the same way. Dr Tessa Hartmann from the awards came to our MA show and was probably the place where she spotted Barbra’s collection and creative design talents!

Barbra, who graduated from our MA Design Technology Womenswear course this year, could not contain her excitement when we asked her about her feelings at being nominated for Graduate of the year.

I am very proud to be a nominee for Scottish graduate of the year at the Scottish Fashion Awards. I finished my MA at London College of Fashion with a collection that has focused primarily on Scotland and looked at traditional Scottish fabrics and working with local craftsmen. So it really does mean a lot to have been included in the awards as they celebrate what great Scots there are and what Scotland can do within the fashion industry.

The finalists will be judged by an exclusive panel consisting of insiders from the world’s leading fashion houses, the most renowned publications and leading figures in style. We wish Barbra the very best of luck!

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