The recipients of the 2016 BFC Education Foundation MA Scholarship were chosen due to being promising students who have already excelled in their BA degrees.
Yasemin Cakli completed her BA in Fashion at the University of Westminster and showcased her work at the University of Westminster graduate fashion show in front of a high-profile industry audience which included fashion journalists Sarah Mower and Charlie Porter.
Geraint Brian Lewis joins the Westminster Menswear MA course from the University of South Wales. Geraint's talent and signature deconstructed menswear designs have already been spotted by Julian Macdonald.
With two of the recipients joining the newly created two-year Menswear MA at University of Westminster, the Course Director, Ike Rust said: “The BFC Education Foundation Scholarships awarded to Yasemin Cakli and Geraint Lewis enabled both to undertake their place on the Menswear MA Course, which in itself is a life changer. As well as helping to enable the students it is also an important endorsement for a brand new course.”
The British Fashion Council (BFC) Education Foundation offers scholarships to talented young people to study BAs and MAs. The BFC has been supporting MA Scholarships since 1998 and the recipients are now seen as the next generation of talented designers.
This year’s judging panel consisted of Emma Farrow, Head of Design, Finery; Nabil Nayal, designer and former scholarship recipient; and Sarah Mower MBE, American Vogue journalist and BFC Ambassador for Emerging Talent. For the first time this year, previous scholarship winner and acclaimed fashion designer Erdem Moralıoğlu joins the scheme’s funders: Coach, Marks & Spencer, Net-a-Porter and Eiesha Bharti Pasricha. This project has also been partly supported by HM Government with Employer Ownership funding through Creative Skillset.
Previous alumni of the University of Westminster’s department of Fashion include Christopher Bailey, Chief Creative Officer of Burberry; Jutta Kraus, Creative Director of Bernhard Willhelm; and Stuart Vevers, Creative Director of Coach.