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Knit for the faint hearted

PUBLISHED: 16:15 24 June 2009 | UPDATED: 10:36 12 August 2010

THE future stars of fashion won top prizes at a competition judged by haute couture designers. Three students from Ravensbourne College of Design, Chislehurst, picked up awards at London s Graduate Fashion Week after watching their designs come alive o

THE future stars of fashion won top prizes at a competition judged by haute couture designers.

Three students from Ravensbourne College of Design, Chislehurst, picked up awards at London's Graduate Fashion Week after watching their designs come alive on the catwalk.

The event was judged by designers including Sienna Miller favourite Matthew Williamson and Giles Deacon.

Mehmet Ali wowed the judges with his men's collection of soft pink, cream and peach, bagging the River Island Gala Menswear Award.

Editor of Elle magazine, Lorraine Candy, who helped judge the competition, said: "We chose Mehmet Ali for the Menswear Award because he talked very

intelligently about his influences and direction.

"This was further demonstrated by his portfolio and technical skills which shone through. A great all rounder."

Fellow menswear designer Calum Harvey combined knitwear with military chic to winning the Graduate Fashion Week Textiles Award.

Another student, Hannah Taylor, was highly commended for the River Island Gold Award.

This year's competition was judged by a host of celebrities, including fashion designers Giles Deacon and Matthew Williamson.

Calum Harvey said: "I'm ecstatic. To be nominated alongside dedicated textile designers is overwhelming. I'm so excited.

"It really is fantastic having the lecturers at Ravensbourne, who

work so closely with you, helping

you to produce the best work that

you can.

"My next step is to study an MA in fashion, then start work in the industry.

"In about five years I hope to have my own collection."

Director of Ravensbourne College, Robin Baker, said: "This year has been one of our strongest so far - I'm incredibly proud of our students and the quality of their work.

"New facilities at Ravensbourne such as laser cutting and digital fabric

printing have really allowed our students to design bigger and bolder than ever before.

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