15 June 2012
The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has once again hit the headlines at Graduate Fashion Week by winning four awards and being shortlisted for seven, continuing its reputation as one of the most successful UK universities in the event’s 21 year history.
Fashion design student Xiaoping (Fiona) Huang was handed the Zandra Rhodes Catwalk Textiles Award for her work, described by online fashion site The Style Column as a “3D zig-zag extravaganza that made it one of the most memorable pieces of the day.”
The 26-year-old from Guangdong in China commented: “The inspiration behind my work was an accordion that I bought from a flea market which gives the collection a boxy look. I am extremely pleased to win this award and be recognised by highly respected judges from the industry.”
“The inspiration behind my work was an accordion that I bought from a flea market which gives the collection a boxy look. I am extremely pleased to win this award and be recognised by highly respected judges from the industry.”
Fellow fashion students Ami Collins, Hayley Oldfield and Hollie Reid were also recognised for the quality of the work with the Fashion Innovation Award, the Per Aquum Marketing Award and the Barclays New Business Idea Award respectively.
UCLan’s Claire Acton also impressed the judges with her collection of dresses printed with faces with a clever twist on hair and fringes. She was a runner up for the prestigious Gold Award, sponsored by George with a £20,000 prize, and for the best womenswear title.
Fashion guru Hilary Alexander praised the UCLan students’ work in her Daily Telegraph column.
She wrote: “The University of Central Lancashire stole the show with a standout collection from 17 graduates which included Claire Acton's rainbow-parade of fringing and faces; Emma Guilfoyle's twisted take on heritage in which images of the Iron Lady and Churchill were mixed with patchwork tweed; and Xiaoping Huang's concertina-pleated extravaganza in a mix of music-sheet print and bold colour.”
“The University of Central Lancashire stole the show with a standout collection from 17 graduates."
The Head of the School of Art, Design and Performance, Glenda Brindle, commented: “The UCLan fashion courses have a worldwide reputation because they offer a quality educational experience with industry links. It is fantastic that our students have been so successful in this year’s awards is a reflection of their hard work and commitment.
The award was presented and judged by the International Herald Tribune's fashion editor, Suzy Menkes, style icon, Daphne Guinness, and Fiona Lambert, George's brand director.
More than 20,000 people attended Graduate Fashion Week at Earl's Court 2 to view the collections of more than 1,200 undergraduate fashion students from 40 universities and colleges.