University of Westminster B.A. fashion design graduates will be the first to show on schedule at London Fashion Week in February 2018.
Graduate collections are normally shown in June each year and their collections tend to fall between Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter. The fashion design course at Westminster has been restructured so that students work in synchronization with the international fashion calendar during their final two years of study.
Course director, Andrew Groves, explained that the reason for the restructuring is to provide students with more realistic experience so that they are industry-ready after graduation. The course will prepare students by allowing them to experience two complete cycles of the fashion calendar, whether they end up working for international brands or starting their own labels.
Groves said: “students work for two seasons with leading international fashion houses and designers,” which include Maison Margiela, Haider Ackermann, Burberry, Lanvin, Alexander McQueen, Louis Vuitton, Craig Green, Balmain, Givenchy, Loewe and Versus.
He added: “For those who want to set up their own businesses, this will mean working with factories, supported by the course, to allow them to make the transition from graduate to designer as easy as possible.”
Westminster’s most famous fashion alumni is Christopher Bailey, chief creative officer and president at Burberry, who graduated in 1993. Other successful graduates include Roberta Einer, Claire Barrow, Katie Ann McGuigan, Liam Hodges and Ashley Williams.