The FAD Competition saw all three prizes swooped up by menswear entrants this year, with Rhiannon Wakefield of Middlesex University becoming the first menswear finalist to win since the competition was established in 2001. Her colourful and abstract original prints were paired with masculine silhouettes, with pieces including a parka jacket, shirt and black roll neck jumper. Runner-up Benjamin Callery’s use of colour blocking and sports material produced a rugged and slightly Scandinavian aesthetic whilst, joint entry, Nobuyuki Matsui and Moe Takahashi from the London College of Fashion received the Orly Tenzer Textile Prize for their textural collection inspired by braille.
The showcase of inspirational young talent didn’t stop there, having been chosen from over 100 entries, all of the 16 students showed exceptional skill and creativity and must have given the judges a very difficult decision to make. The finalists represented universities from across the country including Winchester School of Art, De Montfort University, University of East London, Bath Spa University and Edinburgh College of Art.
The FAD competition aims to inspire, support and promote young designers and has been working in collaboration with Fashion Scout since 2008.
Written by Francesca Bassenger. Images © FAD Charity.