Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize final: Emilia Wickstead

Nerves? What nerves?

While we’re yet to discover whether Emilia Wickstead will be the designer behind the Duchess’ Christening outfit tomorrow, we do know one thing that the West London-based designer is excitedly counting down to for sure: the final of the Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize.

We caught up with Wickstead – who is in the running to scoop a £25,000 cash injection for her business, along with fellow finalists Fyodor Golan, Barbara Casasola and Huishan Zhang – ahead of the awards ceremony on 29 October. She also gave us a sneak preview from the specially edited collection she’ll present on the night, above.


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How are you preparing for the final?

I am anticipating the Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize final with a lot of excitement and hope, of course! I am preparing by selecting my strongest and most well-received looks from Spring Summer 2014.

What can we expect from your catwalk presentation?

The catwalk presentation will showcase favourite designs for a stylish and spirited modern woman.

What would winning the prize mean to you?

Winning the Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize would mean a lot for the Emilia Wickstead label. It enhances our opportunities as a company to do lots of different things that we’ve had our eyes and minds on doing, and it will help us with taking our business to the next level.

Tomorrow: we check in with Fyodor Golan.

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