The course represented the Best of Graduate Fashion Week at Houses of Parliament in November 2015. BA (Hons) Fashion graduate Poppy Russell represented AUB, after having made it through to the Gala Event at GFW 2015 with her menswear collection. She switched up the catwalk routine with Northern soul dancer, Lauren Fitzpatrick, who was also present at the Best of GFW.

Course Leader, Anne Chaisty, also spoke at Houses of Parliament on 1st December, regarding the issues of body image and underweight and undernourished models. Anne spoke on one of the three panels, which were made up of health experts, model agencies and models including Rosie Nelson and Hayley Hasselhoff.

Anne tells us about her contribution to the discussion: “I was able to say we’re doing an awful lot, we do use plus-sized models, we do celebrate diversity. We work very closely with organisations who put those issues to the forefront and do have discussions about them. We open up those discussions with students; it’s embedded into the curriculum. We start this discussion as early as the interview process. I make a point of asking applicants what they think of diversity in the industry. What we want are the applicants that have that engagement and that interest. If it does put people off, then maybe we don’t need those kinds of graduates to go into industry anyway.” 

BA (Hons) Fashion has also been recognised with the highly influential quality mark for education and training, the Creative Skillset Tick.

The award comes as part of a special event to mark the Inaugural Anne Tyrell student design awards, at which a select number of fashion courses will receive the Tick Award for its course leaders.