Wednesday 3rd June

GFW 2015

GFW 2015

Graduate Fashion Week is arguably the most exciting of all the fashion weeks showcasing the work of over 1,000 design students and graduates from around the world; bringing together the very best of future textiles and fashion, at London landmark The Truman Brewery.

Britain has long been a hub for established labels and designers, but it also has some of the most prestigious education systems for art and design in the world, celebrating creativity and nurturing young talent. And given our erratic and rather unkind weather (it’s been another week of heavy rain in Manchester, in June) it’s no surprise that knitwear comes up trumps each year, with graduate designers reimagining wool, restructuring patters, reworking yarn and ultimately reforming knitwear.

Here are a few of the ones to watch from this year's shows, as picked out by us here at WMJ HQ:

Winchester School of Art

Suzanna James

Suzanna James Winchester Suzanna James Winchester Suzanna James Winchester

A collection that explored James’ fascination with rediscovering lost textiles, promoting ancient and historical knitted fabrics in a modern and contemporary way. Drawing inspiration from the natural world as well as using ethically sourced British yarns, the collection earned James the Undergraduate Student Award from The Textile Society.

Yvonne Tu, Lucy McCann 

Yvonne Tu Winchester Lucy McCann Winchester


Arts University Bournemouth

Lara Gunnarsdottir

Lara Gunnarsdottir Bournemouth Lara Gunnarsdottir Bournemouth Lara Gunnarsdottir Bournemouth

Drawing from her Scandinavian roots Gunnarsdottir’s collection, titled KULDI, blends traditional Nordic design with a current day fabrics and shapes. Seamlessly merging function and fashion, the collection is the ultimate fisherman meets city-chic.

Jess Russell, Sanna Olsson

Jess Russell Bournemouth Sanna Olsson Bournemouth


Nottingham Trent University

Ella Nisbett

Ella Nisbett Nottingham Ella Nisbett Nottingham Ella Nisbett Nottingham

Nisbett’s collection of vibrant ice-lolly-esque summer sweaters secured her a place in the final at Graduate Fashion Week’s #TheEditGFW15 – a selection of the best collections from this year’s shows – and yesterday she took home the Stuart Peters Visionary Knitwear Award AND the Menswear Award. Bravo!

Naomi Moore 

Naomi Moore Nottingham Naomi Moore Nottingham

Naomi Kleeli

Naomi Kleeli Nottingham Naomi Kleeli Nottingham


Birmingham City University’s Institute of Art and Design

Berta Kenulyte

Berta Kenulyte Birmingham Berta Kenulyte Birmingham Berta Kenulyte Birmingham

Bold, bright and brave was the feeling for Kenulyte’s models as they strutted down the catwalk like a newly opened pack of Crayola in a turbulent mix of primary coloured yarns and fine transparent fabrics.

Charlotte Illidge, Katie Biggs

Charlotte Illidge Birmngham Katie Biggs Birmingham

Here at WMJ we’ve always been huge supporters of graduates and fresh talents. You can even shop previous Nottingham Trent University graduates Genevieve Sweeney and Eleanor O’Neill’s graduate knitwear collections through our site.

If you’re a designer and you’d like to get in touch about your collection, just drop us a line at hello@wearewmj.com. We can’t wait to see what next year brings…

Posted by Beth

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