Old Spitalfields Market hosted London College of Fashion’s sixth annual Student Awards Ceremony on Tuesday 6 June, the same venue where LCF BA17 catwalk and exhibition took place. We recap on the night’s winners.
Andrew Hughes, Dean of the Fashion Business School at LCF, opened the evening by welcoming music video director Nova Dando to the stage, who was the evening’s host. A former University of the Arts London graduate, Nova started working in music promotions and got picked up by London-based artist M.I.A after seeing her work in an i-D magazine, she asked her to design the wardrobe for her next video. Nova has since gone on to establish herself as a prominent commercial director alongside guest lecturing at LCF.
Nova discussed why fashion is important to the UK and how impressed she’s been with the calibre of student work graduating from this current cohort. Andrew Hughes re-entered the stage to award students from the Fashion Business School, who were the first group to receive awards at the ceremony.
The first award of the evening was for Excellence in Fashion Management, which went to Rebecca Diaz, who sadly wasn’t there on the evening to claim her prize. The Award for Excellence in Science was next, the winner of this year’s award was Olivia Driessen.
The Award for Excellence in Science went to Lucy Arnold.
The next award of the evening was the Award for Excellence in Part-Time Studying, which went to Elena Sanniti. The final award presented by Andrew was the Overall Student of the Year Award for Fashion Business School, which is an award that recognises excellent achievements throughout the course. The winner of this award was Leah Haines, sadly Leah was unable to attend this evening but was very excited to have received this award.
This concluded the Fashion Business School awards for the evening and began the ceremony for the School of Media and Communications, which were presented by Calum Mackenzie, Dean of the School. The first award of the evening was the Award for Excellence in Fashion Media, which was awarded to Sang Eun Yoo.
Next was the Award for Excellence in Fashion Communication, which went to Rachael The, who sadly wasn’t able to collect her award in person. The Award for Excellence in Design and Realisation for Performance was next and awarded to MingZhang Sun.
The next award was for Excellence in Cultural and Historical Studies Dissertation, which went to Rachel Farrugia, who wasn’t able to collect the award in the person. Her dissertation was chosen as the clear winner due to the personal aspect that the winner brought to her research, which made it come alive. The work used theory in a relevant and strong way but it was never dense – always clear in its application and woven in well with its original research.
The final award was the Award for Outstanding School of Media and Communications Student of the Year 2017, this was awarded to Rusalka Luk.
The next group of awards for the evening came from the School of Design and Technology and were presented by the Dean, Jose Teunissen. First up was the Award for Excellence in Clothing Design, which was awarded to Ellinor Braennstorm.
This was followed by the Award for Excellence in Technology, which went to Holly Markham, who sadly wasn’t able to collect her award in person. The next award was for Excellence in Technology, which went to Carmen Manzano Ramos.
Next was the Award for Innovation in Fashion Design, which went to Hanna Fiedler.
And the final award for this section was the Overall Student of the Year for School of Design and Technology. This year two students were joint winners, Cynthia Liberman and Faith Rowan Leaves, who founded Lara Intimates together during a Collaborative Unit project and won the SET Challenge Final earlier in the year.
The evening finale was the Livery Company Awards. LCF and City Livery Companies have maintained close ties for decades and continuing to grow the relationship for the future, which is introducing a new generation of students to leather craft and keeping alive old traditional craft skills. City Livery have enriched the curriculum through masterclasses and their support not only funds placements, bursaries and prestigious awards but allows LCF to capture the most innovative pieces made by our students every year for footwear archive.
The first award of the evening from City Livery was the Curries Award, which was presented from the Curries company Upper Warden Maurice Blaber. The nominees for the Curries Cup for Excellence in Leather was Sophia Davatwal, Isabella Kerovite, April Huitang Mai and Charlie Wilkinson. The overall winner for 2017 was Charlie Wilkinson.
The Curries BA Placement Bursary was awarded to Unique McGuiness, who sadly wasn’t able to collect the award in person. William Tusting was then welcomed to the stage for the next set of awards, Leathersellers Awards. The nominees for the Leathersellers Designer of the Year Award were Rachel Doerk, Isabella Kerovita, Charlie Wilkinson and Can Zheng. The winner of this year’s award was Rachel Doerk.
The next award was the Leathersellers Emerging Talent Award, nominees this time around were Hannah Butler, Lori Fernley, Carol Luu, and Sammar Shiekh. The overall winner this year was Hannah Butler.
The Cordwainers Awards were the last group of awards from City Livery, Worshipful Master Jeremy Blanford of the Cordwainers made his way to the stage to present the awards. First up was the Cordwainers Prize for Sustainable Fashion. Nominees for this year were made up of Victoria Andre, Amber Capewell, Natalie Hodgson, and Ellie Sinden. Victoria Andre was the 2017 winner of the prize.
The Cordwainers Cup of Excellence in Footwear was the next award of the evening. Nominees included Amber Capewell, Eva Hau, Natalie Hodgson, and Sarah Weatherby. The winner of this year’s cup was Natalie Hodgson.
This year’s Cordwainers Travel Scholarship was awarded to Emma George, who sadly wasn’t able to attend on the evening but was extremely grateful to have received the award. The Cordwainers BA Placement Bursary was awarded to Kameel Shahjhan.
The nominees for the Cordwainers Best Business Pitch were Isabella Kerovita, Eleanor Sinden, and Xiaoxiao Wang. This year’s winner was Eleanor Sinden.
The final prizes of the night were the Cordwainers Dato’ Jimmy Choo Awards. The nominees for the Cordwainers Dato’ Jimmy Choo Awards in Footwear were Amber Capewell, Scarlett Darling, Natalie Hodgson, Alexandra Warden, and Sarah Weatherby. The winner of this year’s award was Sarah Weatherby.
The nominees for the Cordwainers Dato’ Jimmy Choo Awards in Accessories were Anu Bankole, Sophie Davatwal, Rachel Doerk, and April Huiton Mai. The winner of this year’s award was April Huitong Mai. This wrapped up the evening and a very special occasion for the students who’ve been acknowledged for their work and achievements.
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