BRIGHT YOUNG THING

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CONGRATULATIONS to Grace Weller, a graduating BA Fashion student at Bath Spa University who scored two top prizes at Graduate Fashion Week 2014 in London earlier this week with her exquisite collection of embroidered lace and tulle ensembles. Competing with thousands of students from over forty colleges nationwide, Weller won the Womenswear Award and the coveted George Gold Award (for best overall collection), scooping her £10,000. A few weeks back I was lucky enough to be asked to take part in an advisory panel at Bath Spa University, reviewing the students’ collections and was extremely heartened by the diversity and design nous of the students’ work. I was especially impressed by the skilful workmanship and sophisticated modernity that Weller offered; her luxurious, heavily textured gowns have the ease of a T-shirt. Watch this name…

And so congratulations must also go to Louise Pickles, Head of Fashion at Bath Spa University. Only two years ago another of Louise’s students, Chloe Jones, also brought home both awards to Bath. Must be something in the waters?

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