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Emerging design talent awarded at Graduate Preview Day

Fashion 14 May 2014

The University of Westminster has won two awards at the British Fashion Council (BFC) Colleges Council Graduate Preview Day, Friday 9 May, which saw 28 colleges from around the UK attend and showcase the portfolios of their graduating students.

Westminster was awarded the 'Fashion Monitor Colleges Portfolio Award' in association with the BFC and the 'BFC Fashion Illustration Award' in association with Fashion Monitor.

The students' work was reviewed by a judging panel of industry experts headed by Chair of the Colleges Council Anne Tyrrell, and included Clara Mercer, British Fashion Council; Massimo Nicosia, Pringle of Scotland; Lauretta Roberts, WGSN; Caroline Burstein, Browns and Sarah Penny, Fashion Monitor. The awards were presented by Caroline Rush, Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council.

Now in its 20th year, Graduate Preview Day highlighted a wealth of new, young and innovative British design students due to be graduating this summer. The event, which provides an invaluable networking opportunity for the colleges, was attended by representatives from ASOS, Burberry, Mulberry, Osman, Net-a-Porter, Fenwick, and media including i-D, Huffington Post and Vogue Italia.

Caroline Rush, Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council commented: "The calibre of this year's portfolios has been excellent and highlights the breadth of new talent entering the industry. Supporting emerging talent is one of the BFC's strategic aims and Graduate Preview Day provides valuable opportunities for colleges to connect with industry experts, as well as providing members of the industry insight into the upcoming talent."

When awarding the Fashion Monitor Colleges Portfolio Award, the judging panel felt Westminster's entry represented the best overall presentation of the students' work. Two students will receive one-year subscriptions to Fashion Monitor, the industry's leading provider of contacts, news and events.

Andrew Groves, Course Leader of the Fashion Design BA Honours course, said: "It’s fantastic that our students have won both these prestigious awards and it is a real testament to their outstanding design and illustration skills. We put great emphasis on teaching portfolio skills as these are vital for success in the industry. Many of the students have already been approached by design houses internationally that want to interview them on the strength of their portfolio work, and some have already had job offers as well."

About the University of Westminster:

The University of Westminster boasts a vibrant learning environment attracting more than 20,000 students from over 150 nations and we continue to invest in our future with new developments, research projects and new ideas.

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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