06 June 2022

Fashion students from the University of East London (UEL) will make history this month (June) when they showcase their designs at London Fashion Week (LFW). 

It is the first time the University has been recognised by the British Fashion Council to be included as part of the official LFW schedule - and is testament to the exciting and cutting-edge work being created by its BA Fashion Design students.  

Speaking about the selection, the University's head of fashion Beatrice Newman from the School of Arts and Creative Industries said,  "It is a great accomplishment to have UEL listed on the official London Fashion Week calendar. What that means for our students is having the opportunity to showcase their work and network with top industry professionals, which can be a challenge to do on your own. 

Fashion design team 2022



"UEL students are some of the best innovative and creative talents that we have the pleasure of mentoring and developing. We are excited about the industry witnessing our talents and onboarding them in their companies to support the development and continued innovation of the fashion industry." 

Listed on the LFW schedule alongside fashion luminaries including Priya Ahluwalia, Saul NashScott Henshall, Labrum, and Carlota Barrera , the UEL showcase will be staged in Finsbury Avenue, Broadgate, on Saturday, 11 June and Sunday, 12 June.  

In an inter-disciplinary collaboration, the venue - a disused office block - will be transformed into a catwalk and showroom by architecture and interior design student from UEL's School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering. The finished space will enable guests to immerse themselves in all aspects of UEL's exciting and edgy fashion programme, one of the leading courses in the UK. 

BA Fashion Design at UEL offers emerging fashion designers the opportunity to study both traditional and innovative practices in fashion design, development, pattern cutting and digital design. As part of the course, students explore how computer-aided design and emerging digital technologies are helping to transform the fashion creation process. 

Vice-chancellor and president of the University, Professor Amanda Broderick, said,  "The aim of our Vision 2028 transformation strategy is to give our students the skills, tools and opportunities to build a sustainable and rewarding career.  

"Our careers-first mission is to blur the line between education and work, giving our students the skills to launch and build sustainable and rewarding careers. Our engagement with industry is crucial to this, providing students with exposure to real-world work experience and opening doors to exciting opportunities.  

 "Being included on the London Fashion Week schedule is a result of that engagement. I wish our fashion students the very best of luck as they present themselves on a stage where the world's eyes will be watching. I can't wait to see what they show on the catwalk."

The UK's fashion industry is worth an estimated £26billion and 800,000 jobs to the economy, making it the UK's largest creative industry. 

Main mage: Cutting-edge menswear  from UEL student Hermercia Quintas will be showcased at London Fashion Week 

Second image:  University of East London's fashion team

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