A St Albans designer has won a fashion award in London.

Yaku Stapleton won the L'Oréal Professionnel Creative Award at Central Saint Martins annual MA Fashion awards in London on Monday (February 20).


The 25-year-old has previously designed T-shirts and tote bags for St Albans-based community interest company Leeanna's Wish.

Stapleton's collection was inspired by popular online fantasy game Runescape.

He told Women's Wear Daily: "I seek to expand and build depth of the characters I have made. I wish to apply this design language while maintaining the same level of detail within garments, furniture and digital assets within augmented and virtual reality.

"I see the latter as a way of expanding public access to the arts.

"I think creating an environment where information is more open source and accessible is exciting and the direction the industry will go."


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A spokesperson for Leeanna's Wish added: "We couldn't be prouder of our boy Yaku Stapleton.

"Just 25 years old, Yaku took time out of his busy schedule to give back to his community, designing T-shirts and tote bags for Leeanna's Wish.

"A huge congratulations and thank you for being inspirational to our youth."