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Plymouth fashion graduate bags award for eccentric knitwear

Published: Saturday, 12 December 2015   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

For some, knitwear is seen as out-dated, but for Stacie Clark it’s something that has brought her fame and it’s the reason she’s scooped a top fashion award in London.

The Plymouth graduate developed her passion for eccentric knitwear at Plymouth College of Art, an institution motivated by traditional artisanal crafts. The 25-year-old’s designs have become a fashion sensation, winning her first prize in the London Sponsor Me fashion awards in the Urban Designer category. 

The awards were founded to support emerging fashion designers through delivering a yearly fashion show, aimed to provide budding creators with a platform to showcase their work on a national basis.

Reading-born Stacie, who now lives in St Austell, in Cornwall, progressed from the Plymouth College with a First Class BA (Hons) degree in fashion. London-based online fashion magazine MI is just one of the fashion focused brands to stock her individual designs.

Stacie, who is also fashion editor at Tribe Magazine, said: “I'm a bit of an old lady really, I just love to knit in my free time, in the evenings in front of the television!”

Despite her modest beginnings, Stacie and her designs are becoming more and more popular.

“The collections presented by all the designers were great, so it really is a privilege to have won my category,” she explained. “It was really good going up there to network and meet other designers. My main focus at the moment is networking and getting myself out there as much as possible.”

From cutesy crochet bobble dresses to oversized chunky scarves, there are plenty of designs to choose from and creating them takes great skill and a great deal of time. Her final year project took an incredible 300 hours to create.

“I started learning knitting from my mum when I was about seven and picked it up again when I was about 18, and in my third year of university I decided I wanted to specialise in it,” she added.

She is certainly glad she did, as this is one knitting connoisseur that is destined for bigger and better things.

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