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Graduate Fashion Week 2021 Awards Shortlisted – Rae Durgerian and Cheyenne Strathmann

Rae Durgerian – ‘Considered Fashion Award’

We are delighted to share with you that Rae Durgerian has made it through to the FINALS in the Graduate Fashion Foundation / Graduate Fashion Week  *CONSIDERED FASHION AWARD*

Rae, who has been working on the FUTURES PATHWAY of the Fashion Textiles programme, is now down to the final 3 in the Award.

The ‘Considered Fashion Award’ celebrates sustainable, ethically aware and socially responsible Fashion Product, that embodies and communicates sustainable and ethical practices. Rae’s unisex, zero waste zero miles garments were produced using wool sourced in lockdown from her local environment in Brighton.

The winner will be announced later in June

Rae's Handcrafted zero miles woollen vests

Rae Durgerian – ‘Fashion Concept Award’

Rae Durgerian was also shortlisted in the Graduate Fashion Week ‘Fashion Concept Award’ for her project titled ‘Urban Flock’

The Fashion Concept Award celebrates the Research and Concept Development that must take place in order to produce a cohesive and well thought through collection. Rae’s Material Innovation work has been inspired by her local landscape and she has created a materials library of natural, renewable, and biodegradable products for use in her final collection.

Rae’s garments made from local wool

Cheyenne Strathmann – ‘Performance and Sportswear Award’

Cheyenne Strathmann was shortlisted for the Graduate Fashion Week ‘Performance and Sportswear Award’ for her final project. Cheyenne uses creative Pattern Cutting techniques to generate complex shapes that can be worn in multiple ways. Seen here is a Toile of Cheyenne’s – made at half-scale and developed out of Research examining how objects and bodies react to being stuck in confined spaces.

Cheyenne's project development

About Graduate Fashion Week


The Graduate Fashion Foundation is a charity that bridges the gap between education and employment.


Our mission is to bring together graduates, fashion educators and industry leaders to support and encourage the next generation of talent to reach their full potential once they have completed their studies.


We organise events like Graduate Fashion Week, create industry-led projects, offer advice and guidance, as well as mentorship opportunities, to ensure that graduates worldwide are supported to gain meaningful employment. We share good practice and knowledge with opportunities for connectivity and benchmarking within the fashion community.

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