04 June 2015
University scoops awards at prestigious annual event
Students from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) have caught the attention of industry designers at this year’s annual Graduate Fashion Week.
Fashion design student Megan Kimmance was one of only 25 chosen to take part in the event’s Gala catwalk show out of more than 400 collections showcased over the week after making the shortlist for the Menswear Award. The prestigious Gala Show is the pinnacle of Graduate Fashion Week and attracts some of the most respected people in the industry.
“It was amazing and I’m still in shock. I’ve worked really hard over the last four years and seeing my collection on the catwalk at the Gala Show made it all worthwhile."
Megan, whose collection is based on raw urban street gangland culture, commented: “It was amazing and I’m still in shock. I’ve worked really hard over the last four years and seeing my collection on the catwalk at the Gala Show made it all worthwhile. A popular design brand has approached me on the back of it so I’m reaping the rewards already.”
Megan wasn’t the only one from UCLan to receive recognition at the event; fashion brand promotion with business student Kim Ward and fashion promotion with styling student Fran Scott walked away with the Ethical and the Arts Thread Diversity NOW awards respectively.
Kim, whose project was the launch of a new ethically aware and eco-friendly water product, commented: “My experience at graduate Fashion Week has been truly amazing. Winning the Ethical Award really did top of the whole experience for me and when you look round at the standard of work across all of the universities that took part it really is overwhelming to have received such an outstanding result.”
In addition, fashion design student Debbie Beardmore saw her work snapped up by iconic fashion magazine Vogue who selected her dress to appear in a preview shoot for the annual fashion show.
“UCLan has been producing graduates for all sections of the fashion industry for over 45 years and has a global reputation for encouraging students to be creative, innovative and able to respond dynamically to market trends."
She said: “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.”
2015 marks the 24th anniversary of Graduate Fashion Week and UCLan is one of the most successful UK universities in the event’s history. Under the umbrella of the International Fashion Institute a host of undergraduates from a range of UCLan courses including fashion promotion, fashion brand management, fashion styling and fashion entrepreneurship, showcased their work to more than 30,000 people over the four-day event which boasts a range of catwalk shows and exhibitions from 42 UK universities.
Martyn Roberts, Director of Graduate Fashion Week, commented: “Graduate Fashion Week celebrates the industry’s newest designers, giving them a platform to showcase their creativity, individuality and the opportunity to introduce their talents to industry heavyweights and fashion fans. The charity has helped thousands of graduates find employment over the past 24 years and we look forward to working with this new set of talented designers to shape the future of fashion.”
Glenda Brindle, Dean of the School of Art, Design and Performance, said: “UCLan has been producing graduates for all sections of the fashion industry for over 45 years and has a global reputation for encouraging students to be creative, innovative and able to respond dynamically to market trends. I am immensely proud of all of the students who have exhibited at Graduate Fashion Week and the quality of their work shows what dedication, with help from our excellent teaching staff, can achieve.”