Daou Jewellery (Dalia Daou pictured above) and Frances Wadsworth Jones have been selected to join existing Rock Vault designers COMPLETEDWORKS, Lily Kamper, Rachel Boston and Shimell and Madden, who will showcase their work in an installation at the Designer Showrooms at the Brewer Street Carpark.
Ana de Costa, Beth Gilmour, Jacqueline Cullen, Ornella Iannuzzi, RUIFIER and Yunus and Eliza have all graduated from the Rock Vault initiative this year, which was established by the British Fashion Council to nurture fine jewellery talent based in the UK.
Previous Rock Vault recipients include: Alice Cicolini, Fernado Jorge, Hannah Martin, Imogen Belfield, Jo Hayes Ward, Jordan Askill, and Tomasz Donocik.
Rock Vault is curated by leading jeweller Stephen Webster MBE, who each year takes the Rock Vault jewellers to showcase at the prestigious COUTURE Las Vegas show. Rock Vault designers have had great success at the show’s coveted Design Awards, and this year Imogen Belfield and Tomasz Donocik were both winners.
“2015 saw the last of the founding designers of Rock Vault graduate. The five new designers gave press and buyers plenty to write about and to buy at this year’s COUTURE show in Las Vegas and the show concluded with two of last year’s graduate designers winning awards at the highly prestigious and competitive COUTURE awards. This year with just two places to fill from a total of 25 applicants, the panel spent the whole day inspecting and discussing each designer’s presentation but the final decision was unanimous. The work of both Dalia Daou and Frances Wadsworth Jones is original, inspired and full of potential for great things ahead, contributing to the diversity and excitement now synonymous with Rock Vault,” said Webster.
British Fashion Council CEO Caroline Rush CBE said the success of past and present Rock Vault designers spoke to the achievement of the initiative. “Under Stephen’s guidance the Rock Vault initiative really nurtures the undeniable talent of each season’s recipients. I’m confident that those designers graduating this September will continue to impress us, and I’m eager to shine a spotlight on the talents of our new and returning designers over London Fashion Week,” she said.
London Fashion Week takes place from 16-20 September at the Brewer Street Carpark in London’s Soho.