Fashanne goes from strength to strength.
Last years awards went on to feature in Tatler, and this years awards were bigger and better than ever with the number of awards being presnted extended from 2 to 5
Held at the beautiful St Mary’s Church in Nottingham’s historic Lace Market. Fashanne is the East Midlands fashion awards for students and celebrates the most exciting new talent in the country in stunning surroundings. Founded by BBC TV presenter Anne Davies, the awards celebrate the talent of hundreds of 3rd year students from 6 universities and inspires student finalists to even greater successes as they begin their careers.
There are four main awards with a cash prize of £1,000 each in Fashion Design, Knitwear Design, Textile Design and Footwear & Accessory Design plus a one-off Peoples Choice Award voted for by atendees on the night, which included students, supporters and lovers of design. change the life of one of worthy student. champion the next generation
Finalists displayed their collections in a two day exhibition before the awards night inside the vaulted St Marys Church, the largest medieval building in the city of Nottingham.
The Fashanne Academy formed a panel of judges made up of fashion, style, film and media experts including past winners, academics and industry leaders and was led by head judge; fashion expert, award winning TV presenter and author Gok Wan
Fashion lovers attending began the evening with a champagne reception and canapés from Thomas the Caterer, the only multi-award winning multi-published event caterer in the UK. Chocolates were supplied by With Chocolate, a small award winning artisan chocolate company, based in the Vale of Belvoir.
Attendees were also invited to guess the value of the jewels worn by one model, with the closest guess winning 250 from Emilia Ryan Jewellery. Entrance to the competition was in aid of Rainbows of which Anne is a patron.
This year the event also teamed up with Age Concern, finding two ladies in their 70’s take part in show.
Next years event is already in the planning, and will be held at New Walk Museum and Art Gallery in Leicester on 21st June 2018. Make a note in your diary now!
*I paid for my ticket in full and my views are my own.
By Tanya Louise