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All Walks announces the finalists for Diversity NOW! 2014 in association with i-D Magazine.

From a wide variety of sassy, sorted and sumptuous ideas, images and imaginative entries to our national student competition Diversity NOW! 2014, we have whittled our choices down to a handful.

Why is diversity important and what does it mean to you? These cool creatives from colleges nationwide, have had their say. Congratulations to everyone listed below. We’ll see you at Graduate Fashion Week Monday 6.15pm for 6.30pm June 2nd for our presentation ceremony with awards presented by Style Bubble’s, Susie Lau.

And the finalists are…

Illustration

Sophie Pittom Liverpool John Moores University

Suzana Salihu Bradford College

Leila Coulibaly University East London

Fern-Rebekah Bywater Liverpool John Moores University

Akinbolaji Osunsina Leeds College of Art

Charlotte Colin London College of Fashion

Hana Mohammed New College Nottingham

Karla Stevens Leeds College of Art

Laura Wilson Cardiff School of Art & Garment Design

Hae Sang An University of Southampton (Winchester School of Art)

Dmitry Gotsfrid London College of Fashion

Holly Barnes New College Nottingham

Zine

Alice Firman Edinburgh College of Art

Chloe Taylor University of East London

Helena Lester-Card Northbrook College Sussex

Isabel Nascimento Nottingham Trent University

Molly Mildren Plymouth College of Art

 

Photography and Styling

Christina Davydova Istituto Marangoni School of Fashion

Aina Franklinos Liverpool John Moores University

Cara Hayward Southampton Solent University

Jessica Bevan University of West England

Orsolya Luca London College of Fashion

Jakub David College The University of West Bohemia (Czech Republic)

Aaron Davison University of Creative Arts Epsom

Polina Kuprina London College of Fashion

Valerie Masalevich London College of Fashion

Joshua Cooper London College of Fashion

Ginevra Menon Istituto Marangoni School of Fashion

Gabrielle Davies Liverpool John Moores University

Nicole Helm Istituto Marangoni School of Fashion

Krasimira Ivanova-Stoyneva  University of East London

Clothing Design

Charlotte Wood The Arts University Bournemouth

Charlotte Knowles London College of Fashion

Rhys McKenna Edinburgh College of Art

Arianna Luparia London College of Fashion

Victoria Smith London College of Fashion

Sing Yu Chan London College of Fashion

Alice Firman Edinburgh College of Art

Peach Grove Carmarthen Wales

Isabella Mcleod Edinburgh College of Art

Helen Ash University for the Creative Arts Epsom

Lizzie Atkins The Arts University Bournemouth

Lavinia Cadar University for the Creative Arts Epsom

Tianyi Li University of East London

 

Film

Marilina Tsitsa Kingston University London

Mica Willgrass Northbrook College

Lynnly Benson London College of Fashion

Rebecca Roberts Sam Nelson Jasmin Chong Sophie Corkhill Liverpool John Moores University

 

Journalists

Chloe Walker Nottingham Trent University

Alexandria Baily Central Saint Martins

Amy Monteith Northumbria University

Courtney Leigh Norman Nottingham Trent University.

Max Tuson Central Saint Martins

Pierre M. Pele Central Saint Martins

 

Winners and highly commended creatives Diversity NOW! 2013 photographed Annabel Staff

 

Feedback for Diversity NOW!

Diversity NOW! is creatively and commercially vital – and a unique opportunity for design students. Constructing an identity is one of the responsibilities of design while also being a creative catalyst that encourages student innovation.
 
Diversity NOW! brings the customer into the designers’ focus, either through the personification of design or catering to individual desire at the same time as addressing real, practical needs. My students enthusiasm for this project is reflected in their brilliant work and I’m proud that we at London College of Fashion have this platform to express our passion for identity. 
 
Homogeneity is almost a by-word for our modern times, but the door to the new is wide open. I encourage everyone who can to take part in this wonderful competition and embark on what will undoubtedly be an enlightening process.

Rob Phillips, Creative Director, London College of Fashion

 

We are going to embed Diversity NOW! every year as it really opened our eyes in relation to how little the students of this generation had thought about diversity and body image before.  They tend to focus on the size zero debate at school rather than self-acceptance and diversity as a whole.  

We also find there’s a lack of critical thinking generally nowadays so this project has really helped address that and I think it’s been useful for the students who lack confidence. One of them commented that she thought it was only her that felt a certain way but after discussing some of these topic areas, she realised that everyone feels the same which in turn made her feel happier about herself.  Bob Hurling, the behavioural psychologist, really opened their eyes to self-acceptance – a lot of them commented that doing this All Walks cluster of projects was like having therapy!

Sarah Lewington, Principal Lecturer, BA (Hons) Fashion Communication and Promotion, Nottingham Trent University

 

After you came in to our university to talk to us about diversity in fashion and what you do at All Walks Beyond the Catwalk, it has become a great influence on all the work I have produced since. 

Ella Sweeney Student Central St Martins