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Westminster wows fashion industry with graduate collections

Fashion 31 May 2012

Graduates from the University of Westminster BA (Hons) Fashion Design kicked off the Graduate Fashion show season in style, as their collections were shown in front of a number of high-profile industry people at the University’s Ambika P3 gallery in London.

Guests at the event included designers Sarah Mower and Fran Burns from Vogue; top fashion photographer Alasdair Mclellan; Designer Patrick Grant, and GQ style editor Ben Reardon. Additionally both Pixie Geldof and Chanel model Alice Dellal walked the runway for the Westminster graduates.

Claire Barrow, Hannah Duckworth, James Barrow and Jessica Walsh were among the graduates who debuted their collections.

This year’s graduates have already worked with internationally renowned design houses such as Alexander McQueen, Alexander Wang, Chanel, Christopher Kane, Felder Felder, Gareth Pugh, Giles Deacon, Roksanda Ilincic, Jeremy Scott, Marc Jacobs, Mulberry, Proenza Schouler, and Viktor & Rolf.

Andrew Groves, course director of the University of Westminster's BA (Hons) Fashion Design, said: “We can already see promising talent emerging from this year’s show and I am confident they will continue their journey into the fashion world with great success. This year’s graduates have displayed a diverse and eclectic range of aesthetics and approaches to fashion design in their collections which is something we strongly encourage them to develop during their studies. Creativity and innovation have been the key themes for this year’s runway collections and the newly graduates have produced a truly fantastic show which has already captured the attention of the fashion industry.”

Students have already begun tasting success, with Lucy Upsher winning the BFTA fur design competition, and Poppy Totman and Annie Phillips both shortlisted for the Warehouse/British Fashion Council Design Award. Poppy Totman is also shortlisted for the This Morning viewers fashion award.

The final year, as a whole, won the British Fashion Council’s Illustration Award at the Colleges Council preview day last month. The annual event provides member colleges from the BFC Colleges Council with the opportunity to showcase their graduating students' work to industry professionals.

The University has strong links with the fashion industry, and previous graduates whose designs have graced the graduate runway show include Christopher Bailey of Burberry, Michael Herz of Bally, Stuart Vevers of Loewe, Markus Lupfer and CassettePlaya. Last year’s graduates are already making their mark in the fashion industry with design jobs at Mulberry, Puma, Burberry, Abercrombie & Fitch, Harrods, Thom Browne, Armani and Roksanda Illincic.

About the University of Westminster:

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We offer highly attractive practice-based courses that are independently rated as excellent, many with international recognition. Our distinguished 180-year history has meant we lead the way in many areas of research, particularly politics, media, art and design, architecture and biomedical sciences, and our position in the city of London allows us to continue to build on our close connections with leading figures and organisations in these areas as well as in the worlds of business, information technology, politics and law.

Our commitment to educating graduates for the needs of professional life attracts high quality students from within the UK and around the globe.

Internationalisation, employability and sustainability are key elements in the University of Westminster’s vision for the future and we strive to ensure the very highest standards are met and maintained.

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