Thursday, 16 September 2010

Recipients of McArthur Glen
Spirit of Fashion Awards announced

The three recipients of the first McArthurGlen Spirit of Fashion Awards have been announced by McArthurGlen, specialist in designer outlet retailing, in partnership with the Royal College of Art (RCA), the influential postgraduate art and design school. The three Award recipients are: womenswear designer Rachael Barrett, who has designs sought after by some of the biggest names in the music industry; Carolyn Massey, among the first-ever NEWGEN menswear designers, showing on Men’s Day at London Fashion Week 22 September 2010, and Matthew Miller, sponsored by Fashion East at MAN this month. McArthurGlen and the RCA conceived the awards to help further the fashion careers of three young designers, serving to shape the future face of fashion. The Awards are open to alumni of the RCA, which has fostered such world-renowned luminaries as Christopher Bailey of Burberry, Erdem Moralioglu and milliner Philip Treacy. The award recipients were selected by a judging panel of leading figures from the worlds of fashion and retail. The panel was made up of Professor Wendy Dagworthy, The RCA’s Head of School of Fashion and Textiles; fashion designer Betty Jackson; Tristan Webber and Ike Rust, Senior RCA Tutors; Peter Sidell, co-owner of menswear boutique The Library and visiting RCA Professor; and Shaeren McKenzie, Group Marketing Director of McArthurGlen. The Awards provide the three recipients with 12 months PR agency support and mentoring. In addition, the recipients will embark on a live creative brief, with their designs potentially produced in a limited edition and sold directly to the consumer via McArthurGlen’s Designer Outlets.