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Harrods chooses University of Westminster graduate to design limited-edition charity bag − Money raised to go Great Ormond Street Hospital

8 February 2011

A bag designed by Jessica Madden, a graduate from the University of Westminster, is being launched by Harrods to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital. The limited-edition canvas bag is available in-store and online from February.  

Jessica graduated with a BA (Honours) in Fashion Design from the University of Westminster in June 2010. Andrew Groves, course director of the degree says; “Everyone at Westminster is very proud of Jessica and the waves she is making in the fashion world so early on in her career. Jessica’s design highlights her high level of creativity which was evident throughout her three years at Westminster.”  

The BA Fashion Degree from the University of Westminster is ranked second in the UK and ninth worldwide by online fashion industry bible Andrew Groves continues; “The BA Fashion Degree prides itself on its strong links to the international fashion industry with students gaining realistic experiences of life in this fast paced and challenging world. When awards come from such prestigious organisations and people in the industry that clearly know what they are talking about, like, it means so much more.”  

Other notable graduates from the University of Westminster’s fashion courses include Vivienne Westwood, Christopher Bailey (Burberry), Michael Herz (Aquascutum) and Stuart Vevers (Loewe).  

The bag retails at £44.95 and is available in-store and online from from February 2011. Further information on this exclusive product can be found on the Harrods website here.  

For further information please contact    

Mark Knight, Sarah Evans-Toyne, Jo McGilway or Melanie Bradley at Broadgate Mainland

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: +44(0) 20 7726 6111

Notes to Editors

Andrew Groves has been the Course Director for the BA Fashion course at The University of Westminster since January 2003.  

The University of Westminster is a diverse and dynamic international education institution situated in Harrow and the heart of London, one of the world’s great cities. With a vibrant learning environment and a commitment to educating for professional life, the University has a distinguished 170-year history, and continues to attract more than 20,000 students from 150 different nations. A wide range of Westminster’s courses are independently rated as excellent, and the University’s research leads the way in many areas including art and design, electronic engineering, and media. Internationalisation, employability and sustainability are key elements of the University’s vision for the future.   

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