The birth of a new fashion star when Takayako Tanaka was named as winner of the prestigious Cushman & Wakefield Student Fashion Awards at a glittering ceremony at London's Royal Opera House. Takayako completed a hat trick for Central St Martins, London with both runners-up also studying at the world famous college.
The awards are the only national student fashion awards in the country and are organised by the Chartered Society of Designer Clothes (CSDC) and sponsored by Cushman & Wakefield. Now in their fourth year they are open to all second and third year BA fashion and textile students in the UK.
The final 24 designs from over 350 entries from across the UK were revealed at a catwalk show at the Royal Opera House which was hosted by fashion designer Jeff Banks FCSD, Past President of CSD. The panel of judges chaired by Jeff banks also included the king of stretch jeans Peter Golding, Barbara Horspool, head of womenswear design Marks & Spencer, Professor Wendy Dagworthy, Royal College of Art, Anne Tyrrell FCSD, vice president British Fashion Council, Anne Sinclair FCSD and Jill Morris FCSD. Zandra Rhodes, Amanda Wakeley and fashion editor of the Daily Telegraph Hilary Alexander were also involved in earlier stages of the judging.
A final eight designs were whittled down from the long list of 24 and included six from Central St Martins in London along with one from Nottingham Trent University and one from University College Northampton.
This year the theme was the rich cultural and artistic heritage of Africa, South America and South East Asia. Takayako Tanaka took his inspiration from Tibetan monks and received a cheque for ?5,000, a further ?2,000 for his course.
And the Chartered Society of Designers' Student Fashion Design Medal. Runners up Hea Joeng Shin and Jeanne Labib-Lamour took their inspiration from oriental women's foot bondage and Chinese art respectively and each received ?1,000.