Molly Goddard wins Goodwood Talent in Fashion Award

29th June 2022
Molly Goddard wins 2022 Goodwood Talent in Fashion Award, in association with the British Fashion Council.
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Goodwood is delighted to announce Molly Goddard as the winner of this year’s Goodwood Talent in Fashion Award, in association with the British Fashion Council. Known for her ethereal creations in signature tulle, combining volume and construction with a sense of fun and frivolity, Molly’s eponymous label was first created in 2014. She has since collected a plethora of prizes, as well as been accredited with bringing back maximalism and everyday exuberance. Molly relies on time-honoured techniques including hand-smocking and shirring and has dressed everyone from the infamous Villanelle in Killing Eve to pop star Rhianna and model and activist Adwoa Aboah. This new project will see her designing three show-stopping couture gowns inspired by Goodwood’s heritage.

Molly was a clear contender for this year’s award: her collections are full of bright and joyful colours and she is renowned for her lavish and flamboyant designs. This fits perfectly with Goodwood’s approach to fashion, which embraces a glamorous yet relaxed style.

The Duke of Richmond

The Duke of Richmond says: “Molly was a clear contender for this year’s award: her collections are full of bright and joyful colours and she is renowned for her lavish and flamboyant designs. This fits perfectly with Goodwood’s approach to fashion, which embraces a glamorous yet relaxed style. We have always been known for this quintessentially ‘England in the Summer’ way of dressing, ever since King Edward VII and Lillie Langtry came during the 19th century. This award has been created in order to support innovative British talent whilst helping us to build a unique collection of one-off pieces here at Goodwood. We are thrilled that Molly’s gowns will become part of our fashion legacy.

Molly Goddard says: “I am honoured to accept the Goodwood Award for fashion this year and am very thankful to The Duke of Richmond, the British Fashion Council and the Judging panel. When visiting it was immediately apparent how special Goodwood is, on arrival, I was shown into the main house through a room filled floor to ceiling with beautiful Sèvres porcelain. The three gowns I have created are inspired by the incredible art collection and interiors of Goodwood House; I am immensely proud that my work will become a part of this amazing collection.

I am honoured to accept the Goodwood Award for fashion this year. The three gowns I have created are inspired by the incredible art collection and interiors of Goodwood House.

Molly Goddard Winner of Goodwood Talent in Fashion Award 2022

Caroline Rush, BFC Chief Executive says: “Congratulations to the brilliant British designer Molly Goddard on being awarded this year’s Goodwood Talent in Fashion Award. The Duke of Richmond is building an incredible archive of British creativity through this annual award, which highlights the role of fashion and style at this quintessentially British racing event. I can’t wait to see Molly’s jaw-dropping dresses debut at Goodwood this summer.

The award, now in its second year, was created to recognise rising home-grown talent and last year’s winner Richard Quinn set the bar by creating three spectacular dresses for the Goodwood Collection. The three gowns designed by Molly will be revealed during the Opening Ceremony of the Qatar Goodwood Festival on Tuesday 26th July 2022 and will provide a head-turning moment during our headline horseracing fixture, which is one of the undisputed highlights of the British Flat racing season and known throughout the country for its signature garden party style.

Congratulations to the brilliant British designer Molly Goddard on being awarded this year’s Goodwood Talent in Fashion Award. I can’t wait to see Molly’s jaw-dropping dresses debut at Goodwood this summer.

Caroline Rush BFC Chief Executive

The Goodwood Talent in Fashion Award is held every year with the winning designer selected by a panel of judges that includes The Duke of Richmond, Caroline Rush, Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council, Sian Westerman, Non-Executive Director, British Fashion Council and Lydia Slater, Editor of Harper’s Bazaar. The pieces are kept at Goodwood House and form part of the Goodwood Collection.

Join us at Qatar Goodwood Festival this year to view Molly's gorgeous collection in person.

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