The Royal College of Arts, the University of Salford and the University of Westminster have been crowned the winners from 28 UK fashion colleges at a British Fashion Council graduate event.
Work from students set to graduate this summer was reviewed by a judging panel that included designer Betty Jackson, BFC sales manager Charlotte Whitehead and the founder of popcorn brand Propercorn and ambassador for Warehouse’s Women to Watch Cassanda Stavrou on May 8.
The Royal College of Arts took the award for the Colleges Portfolio, the University of Salford was recognised for its Digital Portfolio, while the University of Westminster won the BFC Fashion Illustration Award.
“One of the main aims of the BFC’s education pillar is to support and nurture emerging talents, giving them valuable opportunities to connect with industry experts as well as allowing the members of the industry to identify the upcoming talent,” said BFC chief executive Caroline Rush.
She said the event was attended by representatives from Asos, Burberry, Harrods, Harvey Nichols, River Island and Topshop.
“This is why I am delighted Graduate Preview Day was such a success, with an extremely high calibre of portfolios from our universities showing the breadth of new talent entering the industry.”
During the event, BFC chief operating officer Simon Ward announced that the annual Creative Pattern Cutting Seminar will be named after the late Anne Tyrrell MBE, who spent more than five decades in the fashion industry and was previously chair of the Graduate Preview Day judging panel.
The next Creative Pattern Cutting Seminar will be held on November 20 at Somerset House in London.