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2014 FAD Competition at Fashion Scout

2014 FAD Competition at Fashion Scout

By: Priya Pansuria

Fashion Scout’s final catwalk for the Autumn/Winter 2014 season of London Fashion Week ended with the FAD Competition established in 2001. Rhiannon Wakefield of Middlesex University made history by becoming the first menswear finalist to win the FAD Competition. Wakefield beat fifteen other students, four of them being menswear designers, from universities across the nation and received a £1000 prize for her win.

Fashion Scout’s final catwalk for the Autumn/Winter 2014 season of London Fashion Week ended with the FAD Competition established in 2001. Rhiannon Wakefield of Middlesex University made history by becoming the first menswear finalist to win the FAD Competition. Wakefield beat fifteen other students, four of them being menswear designers, from universities across the nation and received a £1000 prize for her win.

Winners and finalists of the 2014 FAD Competition were shortlisted from more than 100 student entires nationwide. The 2014 brief, Multisensory, asked the young designers to “create two cutting-edge outfits inspired by the five senses: sight, sound, smell, taste and touch.”

Wakefield’s winning collection turned Debussy’s prelude, La Cathédrale Engloutie, into a “visual feast of original prints and masculine silhouettes.” With references to water and ice, exploring touch and sound, Wakefield used painterly lines that added splashes of colour to black trenchcoats, while shirts and ready-to-wear parka jackets featured engineered prints in an eye-catching palette of greys, mustard yellow and Yves Klein blue.

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FAD judge Prof. Clare Johnston, Head of Textiles at The Royal College of Art said:

I was thrilled to see such excellent work from the winning Menswear Design students. Rhiannon Wakefield’s collection combined colour and print with great shapes. It conveyed drama, emotion and a real passion for design.

Two secondary prizes of £500 also went to menswear finalists. The FAD Competition had a collaborative win for Fashion and Textiles students Tian Nobuyuki Matsui & Moe Takahashi from the London College of Fashion. The two students were awarded with the Orly Tenzer Textiles Prize. Their entry explored how the loss of sight can impact a person’s other senses, particularly his or her sense of touch. Chan and Tian showcased “genteel, layered silhouettes featured broderie style laser cutting and intricate embroideries inspired by Braille.”

The runner-up prize went to Benjamin Callery of Bath Spa University for his wearable designs. Sporty, oversized jackets with geometric inserts paired with chunky, crochet knits were inspired by the traditional fisherman’s Guernsey.

Commenting on the sweep by menswear finalists this year, FAD judge Jessica Bumpus, Fashion Feature Editor at Vogue.com said:

"We were all in agreement that the menswear was especially strong this season – the ideas and the execution certainly giving the womenswear a run for its money!"

The next FAD Competition will launch in June 2014 at Graduate Fashion Week.

Check out footage from our Disorder team at the 2014 FAD Competition below:

 

Words by: Priya Pansuria @MissPriyaP