Thursday June 21st 2018
St Mary’s Church, Nottingham

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.

Framework Knitters Livery Company

Humphrey Barrett

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.

Winner of the Fashanne Textile Design Award 2017

Kieran Pathak-Mould

Kieran Pathak-Mould is a Textile Designer specialising in knitted and embellished designs.

Kieran combines the two crafts of knitting and embellishing, he is able to create unique and bespoke designs that push the boundaries of high end knitwear. Kieran likes to explore the complexity of knitted structure to figure out how decorative applications can be fully integrated into the designs. Since graduating from De Montfort University in 2017 with a First Class Honours, Kieran went on to win the prestigious David Bethel bursary, awarded by the Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters and the 2017 Fashanne award for the Textile Design category. He is now currently undertaking a two year masters degree at the Royal College of Art in London, where he continues to develop his heavily embellished knitted textile designs.

Sourcing Director, ASOS

Simon Platts

Simon Platts has been with ASOS for almost five years and oversees the company’s ethical trade and sustainable sourcing functions.

Prior to joining ASOS, Simon was head of Buying at Blacks and Millets. Before that, Simon was a partner in a business for six years sourcing and supplying Clothing, Footwear and Accessories to major UK retailers. He began his career at Next, rising from Saturday Assistant moving into Buying then the latter part of his career at Next heading up the Sourcing internationally.

Outside work, Sheffield-born Simon lives with his family in Leicester and pursues his passion for surfing and outdoor activities at the weekends.