Northampton student wins two Graduate Fashion Week awards

Ella Nisbett (second from left) receives her award
Ella Nisbett (second from left) receives her award

Knitwear design student Ella Nisbett has scooped two top awards at Graduate Fashion Week.

The 25-year-old, from Kingsthorpe, who studies at Nottingham Trent University’s School of Art & Design, won the Stuart Peters Visionary Knitwear Award and the Menswear Award.

Her designs – the outcome of her dissertation on men’s fashion and subcultures – was inspired by the 1940s’ Zoot Suiters and the Sapeurs in the Congo.

She said: “It’s only really just started to sink in. It’s all been so unexpected. It’s the first time I’ve done a whole menswear collection.

“To have been recognised in such a way by such highly- respected industry professionals is an absolute honour.

“The standard at Graduate Fashion Week was so high, I cannot believe I won two categories. I’m so happy.

“I think that now is a very exciting time for menswear, and the collection is a bit of a celebration of men being able to dress with confidence.”

Ian McInnes, course leader for Fashion Knitwear at Nottingham Trent University, said: “Staff and fellow students are delighted with Ella’s double win.

“The layering of intense colour and bold floral motifs is combined with innovative fabrication and dramatic menswear shapes.

“Industry visitors and judges commented on its originality in fabric and shape and the intelligent use of knit in colour proportion and silhouette for menswear.

“Ella’s collection at the early stages showed originality and these two prestigious awards are testimony to her quiet determination, design talent and manufacturing expertise.

“She is an excellent ambassador for the fashion knitwear and knitted textiles course.”

Graduate Fashion Week, held in collaboration with George, is the world’s leading event for fashion students.

It provides a platform for more than 1,000 graduates from 40 of the most influential UK and international universities to showcase their work to industry.