Catherine Gerard's fashion design work described by Grazia as a “standout collection.”
15 Aug 2013
In autumn 2008, the international Italian women’s wear company MaxMara, in collaboration with the British Fashion Council, launched a national competition open to final year students studying fashion in higher education.
As members of the council, the University of Brighton submitted work from seventeen students. In total 22 universities submitted 191 entries. From this number of entries, ten fashion design students were chosen finalists from five UK universities.
A presentation of the the finalist work and the announcement of three winning entries was held on the evening of Jan 22 2009 at the Maxmara London headquarters in the presence of the MaxMara design team, British fashion journalists, university staff and student finalists. Catherine Gerard, whose design work was described by the style director of Grazia as a “standout collection,” received the third prize, winning £1000 and a five-month fully paid internship with MaxMara in Reggio Emilia, Italy. The University of Brighton also receives £2000.
Pauline Wynne-Jones. Subject Leader Fashion with Business Studies, University of Brighton.