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Student Scout Debut

TO be part of London Fashion Week is surely the fashion dream for all fledging designers to aspire - and for two of them, the first students to graduate from Kingston University's new MA in Fashion, it's about to come true.

Rachel Lamb and Niamh O'Connor will showcase their collections - inspired by Celtic heritage and sports couture, respectively - as part of Vauxhall Fashion Scout's opening fashion activities on Friday.

And they won't be the only ones - also on the Vauxhall Fashion Scout agenda is a preview of the work of the course's next intake of students. With a strong emphasis on science, engineering and technology, Kingston's new MA has been noted for its exploration in to new ways of creating clothing.

"The past few years have seen Kingston produce some truly great talent and we firmly believe, that, with the development of this MA presentation, the university will grow to become one of the main focal points of emerging talent within London Fashion Week," says Vauxhall Fashion Scout director, Martyn Roberts. "We can't wait to see what the graduates have to offer."


There has been much support for graduate students and now, with www.graduatetalentpool.bis.gov.uk inviting businesses and students to grow together, support is beginning to be more realistic in helping students. In the fashion business it seems to be more difficult for students to find support, especially if they don't attend a renowned university such as Central Saint Martins or the London College of Fashion. Should there be more support for those who are outside of the top 10 universities, or should they really only support the talented? What happens if you're talented and aren't able to be noticed?

Graduate Fashion Week gives all students the opportunity to promote their work, but what about the costs of putting on a show? If you're unable to afford these costs, what hope do fashion students have of really raising their profile?

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