A trio of former Wigan & Leigh College fashion students have been selected to show their final degree collections on the catwalk at London Graduate Fashion week.

The event will be held at the Truman Brewery in Shoreditch, East London on 3rd June and is a major date in the fashion calendar.

The world leading event celebrates the creativity of students and graduates within fashion and showcases the work

Former Deanery High School pupil, Emily Forshaw, is now in her final year at Liverpool John Moores University studying BA (Hons) Fashion Design after gaining a Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction* in her BTEC Level 3 Fashion & Clothing course at college.of over 1,000 of the very best; promoting new talent and attracting around 30,000 guests.

She gained her place after professional stylists attended the University to judge their end of year catwalk which was staged on the roof.

Emily, 20 said: “I can’t wait, I’m so excited. I was so surprised to be picked but it’s a great opportunity for people in the industry to see my work.”

She decided to come to the College after being impressed with the content on the course.

She added: “It was the best choice I could have done before coming to university. I realised just how much help I got from my tutor, Dawn Cunningham. I got to learn more about pattern cutting and manufacturing clothes, which was so useful ahead of going to university."

Former St Peter’s Catholic High School pupil, Alex McMaster and Up Holland High School pupil Maria Walker, both 22, also came to the College and gained glittering distinction* grades before commencing BA (Hons) Fashion Design degrees at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

Alex has even had her designs put on the ticket for the UCLan show to be distributed at the main event in London.

All three fashion students need to provide six outfits for the prestigious London show; which has helped to launch the careers of notable fashion moguls Stella McCartney and Christopher Bailey, MBE.

Fashion expert and course tutor, Dawn Cunningham said: “I am very proud of Emily, Maria & Alex’s achievement at being selected by their University to show their Final Degree Collection on the

catwalk of Graduate Fashion Week in London.

“They would have been up against tough competition amongst their peers to secure a place. They were all highly creative and dedicated fashion students during their two years with us and they are truly an inspiration to our current students as to what can be achieved with hard work and commitment to your studies.”

After graduating, each fashion student has career ambitions of becoming high street fashion designers.

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