University of Westminster to set the standard for graduate fashion show season
Fashion 20 May 2016
The University’s annual fashion runway show is renowned for the excellent range and quality of fresh ideas that the new fashion graduates deliver year after year.
Among the 2016 graduates, Liam O’Sullivan will present his maverick approach in a unique collection for women featuring everyday, throwaway items, inspired by local urban girls with attitude; while Leah White will show how garish market stall textiles can be transformed into brilliantly inventive pieces for a confident girl aiming to stand out from the crowd. Graduate Christopher Pak’s collection will display distinctive womenswear from his beautiful hand-crafted textiles, inspired by outsider artist James Castle.
New pathways for menswear will also be explored in the runway show in startlingly different ways, including a fresh take on modern sportswear from Yasemin Cakli and new, super-smart and sexy tailoring from Jack Byne.
The class of 2016 have already racked up impressive international industry experience 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.
Andrew Groves, Course Director of the University of Westminster's Fashion Design BA Honours course, said: “This year’s graduates have shown exceptional creativity and imagination which has been translated into their final runway collections. The time the students spend with international design houses during the course has been a truly enriching and rewarding experience for them, which is reflected in their final collections. We are very much looking forward to this year’s graduate show on 26 May.”
The University has produced a new wave of designers who bring their distinctive flair to the industry. Last year’s graduates are now employed by prestigious international companies, 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 in February, selected as the British Fashion Council’s NEWGEN ‘One-to-watch’, while fellow graduate David Ferreira, showed his debut runway collection at New York Fashion Week in September last year.
Previous alumni of the course include Christopher Bailey, Chief Creative Officer of Burberry; Michael Herz, Artistic Director of DVF; Jutta Kraus, Creative Director of Bernhard Willhelm; and Stuart Vevers, Creative Director of Coach.
Katie Rose, Director of fashion agency The Bridge; Madeleine Davenport, Director of the December Agency; and fashion designer Liam Hodges were among the judges who selected this year’s graduate collections for the runway show.
Madeleine Davenport, Director of the December Agency, said: “It's really inspiring to see the quality of graduates that Westminster are producing at BA level. The young designers have shown originality and impressive craftsmanship that will no doubt set them on the path to successful careers in industry or indeed continuing their further education in fashion design.”
Fashion designer Liam Hodges said: “It was great to see so many students presenting cohesive collections that really represented a strong point of view and personality.”
The University of Westminster Fashion Design BA Honours course continually produces distinctive, creative designers of the highest calibre, and is in the top ten globally renowned courses for its quality of teaching, internships opportunities and outstanding facilities offered to students.
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