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University of Westminster kick starts the graduate fashion show season

Fashion 27 May 2016

Degree Show fashion graduate collection

The University of Westminster’s class of 2016 kicked off the graduate fashion show season with a vibrant and eclectic runway show held at Ambika P3 the vast underground space below the University’s Marylebone Campus in Central London.

The Fashion Design BA Honours graduates presented their final year collections, featuring menswear, womenswear, tailoring, print, and embellishment.

Liam O’Sullivan, Christopher Pak, Leah White, Jack Byne, and Yasemin Cakli were among the graduates who presented their debut collections in front of a high-profile industry audience that included fashion journalists Sarah Mower and Charlie Porter, and Westminster alumni Claire Barrow, Ashley Williams, Robert Einer, and Liam Hodges.

The class of 2016 has already achieved impressive international industry experience, with students having interned at Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton, Celine, Chloe, Mary Katrantzou, Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Proenza Schouler, Marc Jacobs, Viktor & Rolf, and Calvin Klein.

The University of Westminster’s annual fashion runway show is renowned for producing some of the most exciting young designers in recent years including Liam Hodges, Claire Barrow, Ashley Williams and Roberta Einer.  

Among the 2016 graduates, Liam O’Sullivan presented his womenswear collection featuring everyday, throwaway items, inspired by urban girls with attitude, while Christopher Pak’s womenswear collection featured his hand-crafted textiles, inspired by outsider artist James Castle.  

Jack Byne - who interned last year at Louis Vuitton’s menswear studio in Paris - showed a menswear collection of exaggerated tailoring featuring striped silk taffetas, in pale yellow-greys and khaki greens, contrasted with jet black leather.

Andrew Groves, Course Director of the University of Westminster's Fashion Design BA Honours course, said: “With the international fashion industry currently going through a period of change, instability and upheaval, our graduates have shown a variety of different responses to the challenges that this demands. Their collections have demonstrated an incredible mixture of creativity paired with excellent technical skills which offer hope and show where fashion will be heading in the future.”

Last year’s graduates from the University’s Fashion Design BA Honours course are now employed by prestigious international fashion houses, including Burberry, Max Mara, Versace, Tom Ford, Alexander McQueen, Adidas, and Harrods. Also from the class of 2015, designer Roberta Einer launched her eponymous label at London Fashion Week last February and was selected as the British Fashion Council’s NEWGEN ‘One-to-watch’, while fellow graduate David Ferreira showed his debut runway collection at the New York Fashion Week in September last year.

Previous alumni of the course include Christopher Bailey, Chief Creative Officer of Burberry; Jutta Kraus, Creative Director of Bernhard Willhelm; and Stuart Vevers, Creative Director of Coach.

Download photographs of all collections shown at the runway show.

Photo caption: Designs by University of Westminster graduates (from left to right): Emma Hart, Constance Blakaller, Jack Bayne, Leah White, Pip Paz-Howlett. Photo copyright © Simon Armstrong


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 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.

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