Drapers awarded its first Colleges Portfolio Award in association with the British Fashion Council to Manchester Metropolitan University last week.
The award was presented to BA (Hons) Fashion programme leader Alison Welsh at the annual BFC Colleges Council open day, when the portfolios of all 14 attending colleges were judged on content, presentation and illustration.
Judges included designer Giles Deacon, Topman design and product development director Gordon Richardson, Liberty buying manager for womenswear and accessories Olivia Richardson, fashion designer and chair of the Colleges Council Anne Tyrrell and Drapers editor Lauretta Roberts.
Tyrrell praised the high standard of illustration in Manchester's portfolio and the diversity of all the work on display. "What impressed me was the individuality (of the work), which hasn't always happened because you can get particular college styles."
Olivia Richardson, who is to take a buying role with Italian department store La Rinascente, added: "Some people are going down a solid commercial route so it's good to have diversity."
The Colleges Council open day takes place annually at the BFC headquarters in central London. Its aim is to forge closer links with industry and the colleges.
ROLL OF HONOUR
Manchester Metropolitan University
De Montfort University
Anne Tyrrell, chair of BFC Colleges Council;
Giles Deacon, designer;
Olivia Richardson, Liberty; Gordon Richardson, Topman;
Lauretta Roberts, Drapers.