Third year students from the Fashion Studies course at Arts University Bournemouth are celebrating following a successful week exhibiting their designs at London Graduate Fashion Week (LGFW).

LGFW, which was launched in 1991, provides a forum to showcase the very best graduate fashion design talent in the UK. In addition to the exhibitions and catwalk shows, they hold a number of competitions to celebrate the best designs produced by the graduates, with the culmination of the event being the Gala Catwalk Show, which showcases the best of the best from each university.

At the Gala Show, four students from the Arts University were shortlisted for the first time ever. In addition, student Megan Cornwell was in the final 3 for the Zandra Rhodes Textile Award; Ricky Moakes for the Menswear Gold Award; and Chelsea Gosling for Menswear Knit.

Student Johanna Wulffe was a finalist in ‘This Morning’s’ Viewers Award, with her designs featuring on ITV with Jason Gardener, Betty Jackson and Hilary Alexander critiquing them.

The Arts University’s exhibition stand, which featured a caravan as part of the fashion set-up, received high praise from press and Industry and was featured on BBC’s Breakfast News Show and renowned fashion designer Jeff Banks also met with the Anne to discuss a visit to the Arts University to set up a Menswear project.

As a result of all the hard work the students have put into their collections, five students have been interviewed by Abercrombie & Fitch for positions in New York and Ohio; five students have been interviewed to have work featured in Italian Vogue; and children’s wear designer Sarah Brigginshaw has been offered interviews with 3 different companies.

Finally as part of Caryn Franklin’s initiative ‘All Walks Beyond the Catwalk’ which aims to raise awareness of, and celebrate diversity of the female form on the catwalk, Fashion Studies Course Leader Anne Chaisty was invited to present at a special breakfast meeting to announce the opening of the Centre for Diversity through ‘All Walks Beyond the Catwalk’. Discussions are now taking place with Course Leaders from Southampton and Edinburgh for a collaborative Project on the Diversity of Beauty.

Fashion Studies Course Leader Anne Chaisty commented “The standard this year at LGFW was extremely high. Given that over 60 UK and International Courses showed at LGFW this Year, our Fashion Studies course has certainly made its mark as one to watch!”