Graduate Show 2004

The Barbie army

By David Hayes, Evening Standard

"Fuchsia-clad "guerrilla Barbies" staging an armed takeover in Battersea Park? It can only mean one thing - Graduate Fashion Week has landed.

This year's students are as strong as ever if the opening day was anything to go by. Westminster sent out some of the most memorable collections of the day with the creative director of Burberry, Christopher Bailey - an ex-Westminster student - in the front row.

Barbie fan Alice Casseldine proved that pink can be powerful with her "glamourflaged" revolutionary look that included gun-print mini skirts, candy pink berets and deadly stilettos - all accessorised with a sprayed-pink, sub machine gun. How chic.

Fellow student Donna Jennings mixed slashermovie Halloween masks with black baby-doll dresses. Just the thing for a Marilyn Manson gig.

Other stand-out collections included Sarah Hartman's gilded cobweb knits and chiffon dresses - doused with water for extra cling - Katie Newham's S&M inspired leather harnesses, suspenders and thigh grazing boots, and Helen Kypri's madcap Sixties-inspired look."

For more information about the course and see more catwalk pictures from these graduates please go to out stand alone site at: www.westminsterfashion.com