Previous holders for this award have include Alexander McQueen, John Galliano or Stella McCartney.  This year, the one getting up the podium is the women-wear designer Yi Fang Was, who has just been announced as the winner of the L’Oréal Professionnel Young Designer award at the Central Saint Martins BA graduate show. This catwalk marks the first in a series of graduate fashion productions due to take place in London this week

Imagining the working classes of the industrial revolution as her inspiration, Yi Fang Was sent a romantic collection of hessian and torn silk down the catwalk. Combining beige and pale pink, draped skirts were teamed with smocked blouses bearing huge ruched detail, while an elegant, Grecian-inspired gown featured a carefully crafted ball of knotted silk.

She worked as an intern for London-based label Preen during her studies, but is now looking for a job.

The St Martin’s degree shows are closely watched by the industry and previous winners of the award now work for leading names including Dior and Versace.

First runner-up was menswear designer Phillip Patterson, and print designer Alex Mullins was named second runner-up thanks to his  brightly colored, circus-inspired shirts, wacky headgear and oversized jackets, while Tahri Roque raised eye-brows with her barely there inflatable swimwear. The show was closed by the whimsical designs of Sorcha O’Raghallaigh, displayed by models wearing stilts.