Graduates from the University of Westminster’s Fashion Design BA Honours course kicked off the Graduate Fashion show season in style last night as their collections were the first to hit the runway. 

Designer: Mary Benson copyright © Simon Armstrong

Designer: Mary Benson copyright © Simon Armstrong

Mary Benson, Alex Bottenberg, Valeska Collado, Adam Marc James and Rachel Raheja 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 Claire Barrow, Louise Alsop, Liam Hodges and Ashley Williams, as well as Will Young and fashion journalists Charlie Porter and Alex Fury.

This year’s graduates have already worked with internationally renowned design houses including Celine, Christian Dior, Marc Jacobs, Lanvin, Burberry, Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Jeremy Scott, Proenza Schouler and Tom Ford to name but a few.

Designer: Alex Bottenberg copyright © Simon Armstrong

Designer: Alex Bottenberg copyright © Simon Armstrong

The University of Westminster’s Fashion Design BA Honours course has outstanding links with the international fashion industry. Previous graduates whose designs have graced the graduate runway show include Christopher Bailey, Chief Executive Officer of Burberry; Stuart Vevers of Coach; Katie Hillier, Creative Director of Marc by Marc Jacobs; Michael Herz, Artistic Director of DVF, and rising fashion stars Ashley Williams, Claire Barrow, Louise Alsop, Liam Hodges and Aaron Tubb.

Last year’s graduates are already working with prestigious international companies such as Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Asprey, Timothy Everest, Max Mara, H&M, and Aitor Throup and the 2014 graduates are also set to follow in their footsteps.

Designer: Valeska Collado copyright © Simon Armstrong

Designer: Valeska Collado copyright © Simon Armstrong

Andrew Groves, Course Director of the University of Westminster's Fashion Design BA Honours, said: “This year’s graduates have produced a truly fantastic show, presenting a diverse range of aesthetics and approaches to fashion design in their debut collections. Creativity and innovation, aligned with a high level of professionalism, are among the key elements that we strongly encourage our students to develop during their time at the University of Westminster and they have undoubtedly been achieved in this year’s show. Some of this year’s graduates are already working in international design houses and I am confident they will continue their journey into the fashion world with further success.”

Designer: Adam Marc James copyright © Simon Armstrong

Designer: Adam Marc James copyright © Simon Armstrong

Designer: Rachel Raheja copyright © Simon Armstrong

Designer: Rachel Raheja copyright © Simon Armstrong

To view all the collections from the runway show please visit westminsterfashion.com.

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