Scottish Fashion Awards 2013 pays tribute to fashion leader

15 October 2013

Professor Christopher Moore and Professor Brian Duffy at the Scottish Fashion Awards 2013

Professor Christopher Moore and Professor Brian Duffy at the Scottish Fashion Awards 2013

Professor Brian Duffy, an honorary graduate and honorary professor of GCU, was inducted into the Scottish Fashion Awards’ Hall of Fame at the annual prestigious industry event last week which was held at Dover House, home of the Scotland Office in London.

Scotland’s top fashion designers, models and leading industry figures came together to celebrate home-grown talent and the impact Scotland has on the billion pound industry with the Rt Hon Alistair Carmichael MP, the Secretary of State for Scotland, and awards founder, Dr Tessa Hartmann.

At the 8th annual red carpet event, Professor Duffy was honoured for his outstanding contribution to the fashion world and presented with his award by the Director of the GCU British School of Fashion, Professor Christopher Moore.

Having started a career as a chartered account, Professor Duffy went on to spearhead the phenomenally successful “Hello Boys campaign” as CEO of Wonderbra, before taking up the role of Group President at Ralph Lauren Europe and expanding its reach by managing the launch of stores in Russia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

In July, the GCU presented the industry powerhouse with an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Business Administration to celebrate his extensive experience in the field of luxury brand marketing.

The Scottish Fashion Awards celebrated the best of Scottish talent with Christopher Kane named ‘Scottish Designer of the Year’; Chanel receiving the ‘International Designer of the Year’ award for best use of Scottish textiles; Harris Tweed Hebrides collecting the ‘Scottish Ambassador of the Year’ award; and Mary Charteris named ‘Scottish Model of the Year’.