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The Univer­sity of Cen­tral Lan­cashire at­tracted its big­gest ever crowd to its an­nual Fash­ion Show as hun­dreds of vis­i­tors flocked to cam­pus to see the work of 18 bud­ding de­sign­ers.

The fi­nal year fash­ion de­sign stu­dents showed off their col­lec­tions, fresh from the cat­walk of Grad­u­ate Fash­ion Week in Lon­don, to a packed crowd in Venue 53. The event at­tracted in­dus­try ex­perts, busi­ness lead­ers, lo­cal dig­ni­taries and de­voted fash­ion fol­low­ers, who were all keen to see the stu­dents’ de­signs.

Col­lec­tion high­lights in­cluded Charley Parr, whose col­lec­tion fea­tured in the Grad­u­ate Fash­ion Week Talent of To­mor­row 2019 cam­paign, the work of two stu­dents, Allison El­iz­a­beth Orr and Zhixue Xie, which fea­tured in Grad­u­ate Fash­ion Week’s pres­ti­gious fi­nal Gala Show and Rox­anne Hoare, whose tal­ents were spot­ted dur­ing Grad­u­ate Fash­ion Week when she won a t-shirt de­sign com­pe­ti­tion set by in­ter­na­tional re­tailer Fat­face.

Se­nior Fash­ion Lec­turer Amanda Odlin said: ‘What a fan­tas­tic night. It was the ideal way to round-off a great year in the fash­ion depart­ment and

Fash­ion de­sign stu­dents show­case their cre­ations at a cat­walk show in Pre­ston

we’re all in­cred­i­bly proud of what the stu­dents have achieved. They’ve in­vested a great deal of time, en­ergy and pas­sion in cre­at­ing these highly per­sonal col­lec­tions and as a re­sult, got some great feedback from in­dus­try ex­perts at Grad­u­ate Fash­ion Week in Lon­don.’

And fash­ion promotion stu­dent Lucy Neville beat of hun­dreds of en­tries from across the coun­try to win the Fash­ion Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Port­fo­lio Award at Grad­u­ate Fash­ion Week. The 25-year-old said: ‘When I was an­nounced as the win­ner I was com­pletely lost for words and I still don’t think it’s sunk in. To make the fi­nal short­list out of a strong list of con­tenders was fan­tas­tic but then to win was ab­so­lutely amaz­ing.’

Grad­u­ate Fash­ion Week is one of the big­gest events in the in­dus­try’s cal­en­dar and show­cases the very best of stu­dent work from around the globe, giv­ing a plat­form to the next gen­er­a­tion of fash­ion de­sign­ers and pro­mot­ers. It fea­tures work from more than 800 stu­dents from 42 uni­ver­si­ties – in­clud­ing in­ter­na­tional uni­ver­si­ties from China, Rus­sia, Mi­lan, Paris, The Nether­lands and the Far East.

Work by Beatriz Fer­nan­des’s

Ji­adong Liu’s cre­ations

Joseph Teare’s de­signs

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