Thursday June 21st 2018

The Judges

TV Presenter & Fashion Expert

Gok Wan

Gok Wan is an award-winning TV presenter and fashion expert. His name is now synonymous with offering straightforward fashion advice to women to boost their appearance and confidence, no matter their age or shape. Gok’s engaging approach, combined with his personal charm, has enabled him to build a reputation as one of the UK’s best known TV presenters.

Gok first came to fame in the UK as a fashion stylist, crashing on to the nation’s screens with an infectious personality that belied his deep understanding of fashion and style. His first TV series for Channel 4, ‘How To Look Good Naked’, was a big success and paved the way for a further six series as well as various other spin off fashion focused TV shows.

Many of Gok’s fashion and style TV series have been sold worldwide affording Gok international recognition, which has led to appearances on the Today show in the U.S., as well as TV work in Australia.

As his professional profile grew, Gok used his status to draw attention to the issues he feels passionate and has become actively involved in several charities, all of which have a common theme of being emotionally engaging as well as inspiring people to achieve their dreams.  Gok has drawn on his life experiences to raise awareness of the many challenges surrounding child obesity and anti-bullying, and remains enthusiastically involved in fund raising projects for cancer care and child empowerment charities.

It is Gok’s style credentials combined with his ability to appeal to a broad audience that have made him a popular choice with brands looking to collaborate with him for his impressive design skills as well as securing his professional endorsement as an ambassador.

Designer & Consultant

Daniel Hanson

Daniel Hanson is a designer and professional consultant with top-quality UK workshop/manufacturing capacity. He has worked with many high profile organisations and clothing and textile industry ‘Brands’ over the past 35 years.

Specific areas of expertise include men’s and women’s nightwear, personal furnishings and accessories; men’s fully hand canvassed tailored clothing; traditional Japanese kimono and associated clothing; towels and towelling products. Such expertise covers the design process, practical construction as well as production knowledge. Adjacent to the aforementioned is a career-long involvement of fabric design, weaving techniques, colouring, dyeing and finishing, with a ‘specific love’ for jacquard patterning.

The Daniel Hanson handwriting is contemporary, heritage based, slightly formal and with a strong ‘attitude’ that reflects current trend but is not subservient to fashion.

As an established Company that designs, manufactures and supplies branded product to quality retail Stores; Daniel Hanson has also developed and manufactured private label product ranges for numerous brands and has recently completed 265 kimono and Samurai outfits for 47 Ronin (a recently released Keanu Reeves film). A substantial period was spent working in design education in the 1980’s which included lecturing part-time at the Royal College of Art for 3years. Between 1989 and 1991, he was Course Leader and Principal Lecturer in Fashion Design at Nottingham Trent University. Prior to which he worked in the industry primarily as a jeans, sportswear and menswear designer following graduation from Derby College of Art with a diploma in fashion design in 1979.

Daniel Hanson lives in Nottingham with his family. This is where the company and its workshop are based. He regularly works in London and goes to New York, Paris, Milan and Austria in a consultancy capacity.

Product Director for Dunelm on their executive board

Fiona Lambert

Fiona Lambert is one of the UK’s leading business women and has recently started as Product Director for Dunelm on their executive board.

Fiona worked alongside George’s founder George Davies to set up and launch George as the first fashion supermarket brand in 1990 , was the Womenswear Product Director at Next for 7 years and returned to the brand in June 2007 as George’s Brand Director. Fiona has built a hugely successful career in the fashion industry over the last 20 yearend her leadership and design expertise was instrumental in accelerating the George brand. Fiona’s vision and passion for nurturing the next generation of British fashion talent led to George becoming title sponsors of Graduate Fashion Week for 5 years. Fiona has been a mentor to aspiring students for many years and was part of the coveted Gold Award judging panel.

She successfully led the George Home launch with her expertise in customer focus, design, innovation and style with fantastic results.

She now is turning this expertise to developing and growing the largest Home retailer in the UK – Dunelm.

She has won awards for mentoring , innovation and inspiring others including Lifetime Achievement and Inspirational Woman of the Year at Leicester Mercury Women in Business Awards 2015.

Framework Knitters Livery Company

Humphrey Barretts

Humphrey has many year’s experience in the Fashion and Knitwear industry, he started his career back in 1959 as a Management trainee in Courtaulds factories. Over the following years Humphrey then went onto work in factories that supplied knitted women’s and children’s wear to all major chain stores and Mail Order companies.

Subsequently, his variety of experience and knowledge of working in factories moved him forward to the position of Managing and Sales Director supplying Marks and Spencer, Mothercare, Boots and Asda. Humphrey then travelled through Israel, India, Italy, Latvia and the Far East importing ladies Knitwear.

The knowledge he obtained from working with overseas fashion houses allowed him to jump into his next career move, Management Consultant for two main companies. One in Canada selling high end branded men’s fashion knitwear to over 700 specialist shops in Europe, and the other in South Africa making men’s and ladies low priced knitwear for brands such as Primark, Matalan and Peacocks.

In 2005 Humphrey retired, due to his love for knitwear he joined the Framework Knitters Livery Company where to this day he is able to help support students in their journey to becoming globally known fashion designers.