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UCLan’s fashionistas showcase creative talents

05 June 2014

Rachel Atkinson

Two students win Graduate Fashion Week awards

Fashion fanatics from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) have seen their colourful collections modelled on the catwalk for Graduate Fashion Week.

The fashion design students exhibited their eye-catching creations at London’s Old Truman Brewery as part of the annual talent show.

A host of undergraduates from a range of UCLan courses including fashion promotion, fashion brand management, fashion styling and fashion entrepreneurship, also showcased their work to more than 25,000 people over the four-day event.

UCLan has a history of achievement at the annual event and is one of the most successful UK universities in Graduate Fashion Week’s 23 year history.

This year fashion promotion student Anna Grundy won the Fashion Marketing Award and was named the runner-up in the Fashion Media Award. The 22-year-old, from near Market Harborough, creatively presented her marketing campaign for a lifestyle retreat to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Elle Decoration.

UCLan Fashion Show 

"The judges said my work was ‘innovative and polished’ and ‘could be rolled out to the UK market’.”

Anna and her five fellow shortlisted UCLan students had their work judged by representatives from Drapers Magazine and Abercrombie and Fitch. She said: “I was absolutely shocked and couldn’t believe my name had been read out. It was the best feeling ever. The judges said my work was ‘innovative and polished’ and ‘could be rolled out to the UK market’.”

Fashion design student Alice Houghton won the George Children’s Wear Award and her prize is an internship at the Asda clothing label while Emma Robertson was the runner-up in this category. Hannah Cross-Phillipson, from Buxton, was a runner-up in the Fashion Marketing Award while Jordan Hulse was a runner-up in the Fashion Innovation Award. At the prestigious Gala Award Show X Factor semi-finalist Diana Vickers wore a stunning black and white dress designed by UCLan’s Troy Cooper.

UCLan Fashion Show

Glenda Brindle, Dean of the School of Art, Design and Performance, said: “The UCLan fashion courses have a worldwide reputation for encouraging students to be both individual and innovative with the ability to blend creative freedom in response to market awareness. The work our students have exhibited at Graduate Fashion Week shows what fantastic creations can be produced by enthusiastic students, with help from excellent teaching staff and top class facilities. There’s no doubt our students will go on to be driving forces in the fashion world.”

Graduate Fashion Week saw a range of catwalk shows and exhibitions from 42 UK universities.