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Heads turn at UCLan Fashion Show

27 June 2013

Lyndsey Boardman

Students’ collections take to the catwalk

Fashion industry experts, the region’s dignitaries and local business owners have come together at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) for the annual UCLan Fashion Show.

The prestigious event presented 14 students’ collections that were taken to Graduate Fashion Week in London and were well received by industry media.

Two collections from designers Alex Wilbraham and Georgia Burns were chosen to be exhibited at Graduate Fashion Week’s main event, the Gala Show, which includes only 25 collections from a total of almost 1,000.

UCLan has a history of achievement at the annual event and is one of the most successful UK universities in Graduate Fashion Week’s 22 year history.

“UCLan has been producing graduates for all sections of the fashion industry for over 45 years and is recognised as one of the top three institutions for fashion in the UK."

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This year fashion design student Sarah Cormack won George’s Be a Stylist competition after she was given only ten minutes to pick clothing, shoes and accessories from George’s current line before directing a photo shoot to be judged by fashion industry experts.

Sarah was rewarded with a sought after work placement on the set of a photo shoot with George where she will help with styling and production. Last year the University won four awards and for two years in a row a UCLan student was named runner up for the coveted Gold Award which carries a £20,000 prize.

“The secret of our success lies in our ability to provide students with meaningful work placement opportunities with brands such as Coast, Burberry, Levi, Oasis and Reebok amongst others."

Opening the UCLan Fashion Show Vice-Chancellor Dr Malcolm McVicar said: “UCLan has been producing graduates for all sections of the fashion industry for over 45 years and is recognised as one of the top three institutions for fashion in the UK. Our fashion courses have a worldwide reputation because they offer a world-class educational experience that is closely linked to industry needs.

“The secret of our success lies in our ability to provide students with meaningful work placement opportunities with brands such as Coast, Burberry, Levi, Oasis and Reebok amongst others, where our students put theory into practice within a commercial setting.

“These opportunities exist not just in the UK but increasingly in an international context where our students enrich their learning by completing study trips to places such as New York, Paris, Berlin and Hong Kong and China.”

Graduate Fashion Week attracts over 20,000 visitors each year with 22 catwalk shows, exhibitions from over 40 universities and the prestigious Gala Award Show.