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The BFC Graduate Preview Day


The British Fashion Council (BFC) works with a network of leading fashion departments in universities throughout the UK, known as the Colleges Council. To continue to create an interface between education and industry, the BFC is pioneering a programme of industry-led events, seminars and competitions for the 2016/2017 academic year.

Fashion industry professionals this year were able to view talent emerging from the UK’s top fashion colleges – winners of the Burberry Fashion Design competition, Jigsaw & Pongees Evening-wear competition, Topshop & Topman Graduate Talent competition and The Anne Tyrrell MBE Outstanding Portfolio competition were announced…

Burberry Design:

Winner: Rhys McKenna, Edinburgh School of Art

Runners-up: Jonathan Preston Moore, Edinburgh School of Art & Fiona Cartmel, Edinburgh School of Art

Jigsaw & Pongees Design Competition:

Eppyar Hunt, Manchester Metropolitan University

Topshop & Topman Graduate Talent:

TOPMAN Winner: Jonathan Preston Moore, Edinburgh School of Art

TOPSHOP Winner: Hollie France, Northumbria University

Anne Tyrrell MBE Outstanding Portfolio:

Royal College of Art

bfc grad preview awards 2016

Rhys McKenna, Eppyar Hunt, Fiona Cartmel & Jonathan Preston Moore photo by Sean James BFC

Andrew Groves, Course Director for Fashion Design, The University of Westminster said, It is vital that fashion education in the UK engages and interacts with the fashion industry to ensure that we are understanding and addressing its future needs. Graduate Preview Day is a fantastic opportunity for us to meet with the fashion industry, show them the work of our latest graduates, and develop relationships that benefit both the fashion industry and education. It has allowed us to place many of our graduates in fantastic first jobs, but also started conversations with industry that has informed our decisions about the development of future courses at Westminster, such as our new MA Menswear course. 

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