Celebrities give a helping hand to aspiring fashion students

(written for the official Graduate Fashion Week Blog)


It’s the stuff that dreams are made of- a top celebrity picking out one of YOUR designs to wear in front of a global audience ensuring maximum exposure. But this dream is fast becoming a reality for more and more fashion students. And where better for celebrities to spot your work than at Graduate Fashion Week, the leading event for showcasing the best in UK talent.

In 2011, after seeing Rebecca Short’s graduate collection at Graduate Fashion Week, Lady GaGa appeared in one of the students unusual rubber dress designs. Putting her own spin on the design, GaGa teamed the dress with a startling green beehive, rimmed glasses and white gloves- ever the eccentric! Previously a student at Birmingham City University, Rebecca now works for a boutique fashion label and has high hopes that Lady GaGa will wear more of her designs in the future.

Another success story for up and coming fashion students is Claire Barrow, who specialises in designing leather jackets painted with designs inspired by gang subcultures. A Westminster University student, Barrow has had the privilege of designing for the likes of Rihanna (she wore two of Barrow’s designs on her LOUD tour and also on the back cover of Rihanna’s Talk That Talk single).

And De Montfort University embraced the celebrity trend when they launched a competition to design a shoe for the Duchess of Cambridge earlier this year. Designs by six students on the footwear design course were judged, with the winner Becka Hunt being crowned winner. Inspired by Kate’s sapphire engagement ring and the lace from her wedding dress, the distinctly 19th century inspired shoe design caught the eyes of everyone. Becka described having one of the world’s leading fashion icons as her first job as ‘incredible’.

Graduate Fashion Week is the perfect platform for exposure and is the ultimate opportunity to show the world (and indeed the famous faces) all your hard work and potential for what you can achieve in the future!


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