Finalist, 2011

Nabil El-Nayal, the designer behind Nabil Nayal, was born in Syria in 1985 and moved to Sheffield with his mother at the age of 14. He studied at The Manchester School of Art, where he gained a First Class Honours degree in Fashion. After graduating in 2008, Nabil went on to win many prestigious fashion awards including the Royal Society of Arts Award, the GFW ‘Best Womenswear’ Award and the BFC MA Scholarship Award; enabling him to study at the Royal College of Art.

Invited by Christopher Bailey, Nabil worked as researcher reporting to the Creative Director at Burberry Prorsum and in 2009, River Island C.E.O. Richard Bradbury commissioned Nabil to create a capsule collection which sold out in just three days. Nabil was also selected by Umbro, in collaboration with the Royal College of Art, to contribute work for an exhibition in their concept store.

After seeing Nabil’s work at the Royal College of Art and meeting him at the Buckingham Palace Reception for the British Clothing Industry, David Sassoon appointed him Assistant Designer at Bellville Sassoon. Most recently, Nabil’s graduate collection has been sold in Harrods.

Fashion Fringe Collection

Nabil’s SS12 Collection for Fashion Fringe is ‘All The Riches She Deserves’ – where the female protagonist is dramatically carried to safety as her opulent mansion house burns to the ground around her at dawn.

Every element has been filtered and refined through Nabil’s fastidious, considered approach to his work. His love and passion for the Elizabethan era, Couture techniques and unexpected garment juxtapositions come together to convey the unique Nabil Nayal signature. His designs evoke a modern strength, femininity and empowerment with timeless elegance.

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