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UCLan student’s dress appears in Vogue

05 June 2015

Lyndsey Boardman

Debbie’s dress chosen to feature on Vogue website as part of Graduate Fashion Week coverage

A budding fashion designer from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has seen her work splashed on the website of the iconic global fashion magazine Vogue after standing out at Graduate Fashion Week.

Debbie Beardmore, a final year fashion design student from Irlam, said she was “over the moon” when Vogue Magazine asked to use her dress in a preview shoot for the annual fashion show in London.

The 24-year-old’s work is one of four student designs to appear in the shoot that were chosen out of more than 400 collections showcased on the Graduate Fashion Week catwalk.

Debbie’s dress, part of a six-piece collection, is made from denim covered in latex and was inspired by her industrial north background, in particular Astley Deep Pit.

“I was overjoyed when my dress was chosen by Vogue to be part of the preview shoot and it’s fantastic to see it in one of the biggest fashion magazines in the world.”

The former Wigan and Leigh College and Fred Longworth High School pupil said: “All of my work is created from heavy duty hard wearing material. I took several trips around Manchester, including the Science and Industry Museum, and Astley Deep Pit to gather ideas and really wanted to capture the gritty industrial past of the North of England.

“I was overjoyed when my dress was chosen by Vogue to be part of the preview shoot and it’s fantastic to see it on the website of one of the biggest fashion magazines in the world.”

Debbie aims to work in younger women’s fashion design and takes her inspiration from artist Rashid Johnson and emerging womenswear brand This is the Uniform where she worked on a five month placement last year.

The annual Graduate Fashion Week attracts top industry designers and showcases the work of over 1,000 students and graduates from more than 40 universities around the world. It entices 30,000 guests each June and features 22 catwalk shows culminating in a Gala Award Show.