Guests at the event included designers Sarah Mower and Fran Burns from Vogue; top fashion photographer Alasdair Mclellan; Designer Patrick Grant, and GQ style editor Ben Reardon. Additionally both Pixie Geldof and Chanel model Alice Dellal walked the runway for the Westminster graduates.
Claire Barrow, Hannah Duckworth, James Barrow and Jessica Walsh were among the graduates who debuted their collections.
This year’s graduates have already worked with internationally renowned design houses such as Alexander McQueen, Alexander Wang, Chanel, Christopher Kane, Felder Felder, Gareth Pugh, Giles Deacon, Roksanda Ilincic, Jeremy Scott, Marc Jacobs, Mulberry, Proenza Schouler, and Viktor & Rolf.
Andrew Groves, course director of the University of Westminster's BA (Hons) Fashion Design, said: “We can already see promising talent emerging from this year’s show and I am confident they will continue their journey into the fashion world with great success. This year’s graduates have displayed a diverse and eclectic range of aesthetics and approaches to fashion design in their collections which is something we strongly encourage them to develop during their studies. Creativity and innovation have been the key themes for this year’s runway collections and the newly graduates have produced a truly fantastic show which has already captured the attention of the fashion industry.”
Students have already begun tasting success, with Lucy Upsher winning the BFTA fur design competition, and Poppy Totman and Annie Phillips both shortlisted for the Warehouse/British Fashion Council Design Award. Poppy Totman is also shortlisted for the This Morning viewers fashion award.
The final year, as a whole, won the British Fashion Council’s Illustration Award at the Colleges Council preview day last month. The annual event provides member colleges from the BFC Colleges Council with the opportunity to showcase their graduating students' work to industry professionals.
The University has strong links with the fashion industry, and previous graduates whose designs have graced the graduate runway show include Christopher Bailey of Burberry, Michael Herz of Bally, Stuart Vevers of Loewe, Markus Lupfer and CassettePlaya. Last year’s graduates are already making their mark in the fashion industry with design jobs at Mulberry, Puma, Burberry, Abercrombie & Fitch, Harrods, Thom Browne, Armani and Roksanda Illincic.