In February 2018, the University of Westminster will become the first undergraduate course in the world to show their graduate collections on the official London Fashion Week Schedule instead of June.
Course Director, Andrew Groves explains: “I have long believed that fashion education needed to align its teaching with the international fashion calendar to enable us to provide our students and graduates with the most realistic and industry-ready educational experience. We saw this as an inevitable development allowing us to build on our world-class internship programme. After the second year of the BA Fashion Design course, our students work for two seasons with leading international fashion houses and designers, allowing them to experience first-hand two complete cycles of the fashion calendar.”
Students debuting their collections at LFW in February have already spent a year in industry working for companies including Maison Margiela, Haider Ackermann, Burberry, Lanvin, Alexander McQueen, Louis Vuitton, Craig Green, Balmain, Givenchy, Loewe, and Versus. Immediately after finishing working on the S/S2018 runway collections, they returned to university in September.
Groves adds: “Immediately after their runway debut in February, the students will commence working on their precollections for S/S 2019. For those that want to set up their own design businesses, this will also mean working with factories, supported by the course to allow them to make the transition from graduate to designer as easy as possible.
The fashion show in February seems to be another chance for the Westminster students to become successful stories like alumni Christopher Bailey, CEO and Chief Creative Officer of Burberry; Vivienne Westwood, and Stuart Vevers, Creative Director of Coach.