Westminster to show at London Fashion Week in February 2018
Fashion 21 December 2017
The University of Westminster’s Fashion Design BA Honours course will become the first undergraduate course in the world to show its graduate collections on the official London Fashion Week schedule. Final students from the course are currently working on completing their collections for the A/W 2018/19 runway show in February.
Historically, undergraduate fashion courses show their graduate collections in June each year, meaning students find themselves designing collections that are out of sync with the international fashion calendar. Their collections are too late for the Autumn/Winter collection and too soon for Spring/Summer one.
For the last year, Fashion Design BA Course Director Andrew Groves has led this radical rethink of how fashion education is delivered and have restructured his course to enable this innovation to take place. This development means that for the final two years of their study, Westminster students will be working in complete synchronicity with the international fashion calendar.
Students debuting their collections at London Fashion Week in February have already spent a year in industry working for companies including Maison Margiela, Haider Ackermann, Burberry, Lanvin, Alexander McQueen, Louis Vuitton, Craig Green, Balmain, Givenchy, Loewe, and Versus.
Immediately after finishing work on the Spring/Summer 2018 runway collections, they returned to university in September to begin sourcing fabrics for their collections from Premiere Vision, before starting design development and sampling during the autumn term, making it possible for them to show their Autumn/Winter 2018 collections in February at London Fashion Week.
Fashion Design BA Course Director Andrew Groves said: “I have long believed that fashion education needed to align its teaching with the international fashion calendar to enable us to provide our students and graduates with the most realistic and industry-ready educational experience.
“While I am sure there will be much focus and excitement on the fact our students are showing at LFW, what I believe is far more radical and exciting is that we have given them an educational structure aligned to industry to allow them to be fully prepared for their future careers in the industry.”
Westminster Fashion alumni include London Fashion Week designers Roberta Einer, Claire Barrow, Katie Ann McGuigan, Liam Hodges and Ashley Williams; as well as Christopher Bailey, President and Chief Creative Officer of Burberry; Vivienne Westwood, and Stuart Vevers, Creative Director of Coach.
Cover picture: 2017 Womenswear collections: Rosie Newton, Ian Richardson, Una Hayde, Katie Tattersall, Rachel Rissetto.
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