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University of Westminster fashion stars kick off graduate fashion showcase

Fashion 21 May 2015

This year’s graduates from the University of Westminster’s Fashion Design BA Honours heralded the start of the graduate fashion show season, with their colourful and innovative designs hitting the runway in central London last night.

Niall Cottrell, Caroline Day, Roberta Einer, Milena Konakchieva, Chloe McGeehan and Robert Newman were among the graduates who presented their debut collections in front of a number of high-profile people from the industry, with guests including designers and alumni including Liam Hodges, Ashley Williams and Mary Benson.

This year’s graduates have already gained extensive, invaluable experience working with internationally renowned design houses including Balmain, Burberry Prorsum, Calvin Klein, Loewe, Alexander McQueen, Gareth Pugh, Alexander Wang and Vivienne Westwood to name but a few.

The University of Westminster’s show is a prized ‘hot ticket’, having an established reputation for delivering quality, diversity, excellence and exciting showmanship. The University’s Fashion Design degree course is renowned for continually producing individually distinctive, creative designers of the highest calibre, who work across all levels of the international fashion industry. Recent success includes last year’s graduates who are now employed by prestigious international companies such as Burberry Prorsum, J.W. Anderson, Dunhill, Jacquemus and Paul Smith. Last year’s graduate Mary Benson debuted at London Fashion Week in February this year as part of Fashion East, following in the footsteps of previous alumni Claire Barrow, Ashley Williams and Liam Hodges.

Designers from left to right: Kate Brittain, Samuel Best, Diana Mysnei, Charlotte Scott, Caroline Day. Copyright: Simon Armstrong

The University has exceptional links with the fashion industry, with a glittering array of successful alumni including Christopher Bailey, Chief Creative Officer of Burberry; Stuart Vevers of Coach, Katie Hillier, Creative Director of Marc by Marc Jacobs; and Michael Herz, Artistic Director of DVF.

Andrew Groves, Course Director of the University of Westminster's Fashion Design BA Honours, said: “The graduates of 2015 have produced a sensational show, a real showcase of bright design talent combined with quality craftsmanship. At Westminster we have a proud tradition of combining inspirational creative teaching with professional skills training. Using our first-class links with the global fashion industry and the biggest names in the business, we give our students unrivalled opportunities to engage with industry during their course and build their own links to enable future career success. I look forward to following the careers of this year’s graduates as they develop into the future.”

Visit mailbigfile.com to download images of all the collections from the runway show in a zip file (750MB). All images are copyright Simon Armstrong.


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 175-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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